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Antique Set 8 English Hepplewhite Shield Back Dining Chairs 19th C

Hepplewhite dining chairs | Ref. no. 08979 | Regent Antiques Sold

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Transform the fine dining experience in your home with this set of Hepplewhite dining chairs fit for a king. This is a truly beautiful set of eight English mahogany shield back dining chairs of George Hepplewhite design, retailed by Cooper & Holt of Bunhill Row, London and dating to around 1880.

These Hepplewhite dining chairs, comprising six singles and two armchairs, feature moulded backs with shaped splats that are beautifully hand carved with oval paterae, urns and leaf swag decoration. The seats are upholstered in the original brown leather with new springing throughout and are raised on exquisite square tapered and moulded front legs. The chairs have been masterfully crafted in beautiful solid mahogany and the finish and attention to detail on display are truly breathtaking.

George Hepplewhite (1727 - 1786) was an English cabinet maker, rightfully regarded along with Thomas Sheraton and Thomas Chippendale as one the three greatest cabinet makers who ever lived. Hepplewhite produced designs that were slender and more curvilinear in shape than his contemporaries. Typical of his style were shorter more curved chair arms, straight legs and shield-shape chair backs. Tragically, there are no pieces of furniture made by Hepplewhite or his firm known to exist but he gave his name to a distinctive style of light, elegant furniture that was fashionable between about 1775 and 1800 and reproductions of his designs have lived on through the centuries as typified by these fine Hepplewhite dining chairs.

This set of Hepplewhite dining chairs epitomise the great man’s distinctive style. They are truly breathtaking and have to be seen to believed; they represent the last word in elegance and taste and will add a truly regal tone to your dinner gatherings.

Condition Of This Set Of Hepplewhite Dining Chairs

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Dimensions in cm:

Height 95 x Width 52 x Depth 54 - Side Chair

Height 92 x Width 57 x Depth 59 - Armchair

Height 47 - Seat Height

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 feet, 1 inch x Width 1 foot, 8 inches x Depth 1 foot, 9 inches - Side Chair

Height 3 feet, 0 inches x Width 1 foot, 10 inches x Depth 1 foot, 11 inches - Armchair

Height 1 foot, 6 inches - Seat Height

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).


is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

Our reference: 08979