A Pair of Regency Mahogany and Ebony Inlaid Klismos Chairs, attributed to Thomas Hope
Of quintessential klismos form, with shaped back decorated with ebony inlaid scrolls and anthemion motifs, with a wonderfully characterful and exaggerated rake to the sabre leg, on brass casters. Of overall muted and faded palette, and misty surface patina.
These Klismos chairs, with their wildly raked backs, anthemion motifs and reeded sabre legs, show closely the influence of the celebrated arbiter of early Regency taste, Thomas Hope (1769-1831). Thomas Hope acquired his celebrated house in Duchess Street in 1799 and quickly set about remodelling it in a style inspired by his Grand Tours of Greece and Egypt. The design of this chair relates closely to a set of chairs illustrated in Thomas Hope, Regency Furniture and Interior Decoration, p. 26, pl. IV and p. 66, pl. XXIV. Also included is an image of Hope’s own drawing of his Urn room, with this particular Klismos design prominently displayed.
Height: 87 cm, 34 1/4″
Depth: 53 cm, 20 7/8″
Width: 58 cm, 22 7/8″