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8 Hepplewhite Mahogany Dining Chairs
Antique Antiques UK

Fine set of 8 Hepplewhite design antique mahogany dining chairs, comprising of a pair of fine large carver chairs, and 6 side chairs.  These chairs date from around 1850, and are very well constructed of quality mahogany, with fine large seats, and elegant yet sturdy tapering legs with channeled detail which are united by stretchers for added strength.  The hooped back contains the stylized wheatsheaf design highlighted by well carved detail of wheat ears, so typical of Hepplewhite.  The broad saddle shaped seats were upholstered some time ago in a neutral velvet, which remains in good usable condition.  
A eminently comfortable and useable set of chairs.  Now sold

Antique Mahogany Hepplewhite Carver Chair from set of 8 seats over 21" (54) wide

Hepplewhite Mahogany Dining Chair from set of 8.

Hepplewhite Wheatsheaf Back Mahogany Chair - Detail of carved wheatears


George Hepplewhite (sometimes wrongly spelt Heppelwhite - occasionally even by himself!) was probably apprenticed to the well-known cabinet maker Gillow of Lancaster. He went into business on his own account, and by the time of his death in 1786 was the proprietor of a considerable business in Cripplegate. His widow, Alice, continued the business under the name of A. Hepplewhite & Co, and in 1788 it was she who published the influential "The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterers' Guide", with further editions in 1789 and 1794. Hepplewhite style is characterized by the perfection of workmanship, lightness of construction, and elegance of form. These characteristics are particularly noticeable in his chair designs often with wheatsheaf design carved with wheat-ears as above.



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