The present suite of dining chairs were designed by London cabinet-maker, John Linnell (d.1796). His sketch for this model is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum and reflects the French antique style of the early 1770s. Their design, with acanthus-supported medallion backs, Grecian-scrolled arms with acanthus-wrapped cabochons and imbricated-paterae embellishing the hermed front legs is directly inspired by a prototype French chair-pattern executed by the menuisier Jean-Baptiste Boulard (maître in 1755) and illustrated in M. Jarry, Le Siège Français, Fribourg, 1973, p. 203, figs. 195-6. The distinctive leaf clasped arm terminal is also seen on a giltwood canapé by Claude Sené I from the Jack and Belle Linsky collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1982.60.71).
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In good condition, structurally sound, and ready to place. With the expected scattered light nicks, faint marks and scratches. All redecorated, the present scheme probably applied at the same time to the old examples as well as the ones of a later date. With some minor restorations and repairs throughout that are well hidden by the freshment to decoration. With some slight visible separation at joins, and some pegs visible. With some loss of definition to the carving on the chair backs and the cresting, consistent with age and use. The upholstery well maintained and with light scattered staining and wear consistent with use.
Chair A - With a small repaired break to the cresting Chair C - With a repaored break to the cresting. The back right leg with a split, but stable and not readily visible. Chair D - With a repaired split to the back left leg, but stable. Chair G - With a repaired break to the cresting on either side of the seat back. Chair H - The cresting possibly with a small repaired break. Chair J - The back right leg with a very small split, but stable. Chair K - The front left knee with a loss to carved decoration.
Arm Chair: 38 1/2 in. high, overall 17 in. high, the seat 22 in. deep, overall 21 in. deep, the seat 26 1/2 in. wide, overall 24 in. wide, the seat
Side Chair (some) 37 in. high, overall 17 in. high, the seat 22 in. wide, overall 181⁄2 in. deep, overall 18 in. deep, the seat
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