A pair of Regency brass and bronze mounted mahogany hall chairs
the scrolled back surmounted with a brass handle above a cast bronze anthemion back, with caned seats on turned front legs 46 cm wide (2)
The design for these chairs was published in the 1808 supplement to the trade catalogue, The London Chair-Maker's and Carvers' Book of Prices. It was described as a 'Trafalgar' chair and is characterised by the continuous, curving line formed by the sides of the back . The origin of the chair is unclear, but it is likely to have been a fashionable reference to Nelson's victory at Trafalgar in 1805. The style of the chair is Greek revival as indicated by the prominent classical anthemion in bronze.
A related chair made of ebonised beech and with identical brass mounts is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, No: W27- 1958 (illustrated in Frances Collard, Regency Furniture, 1985, p. 108, fig 3) A related set of seven rosewood examples were sold in the Fine English furniture sale, Bonhams New Bond Street, 22 November 2005, lot 178.
A pair of chairs of the same model sold Christie's Great Tew Park, 27-29 May 1987 and also a set of six sold Christie's 'The Edward James Collection at West Dean', 2-6 June 1986, lot 289.