Mahogany was first introduced into Europe during the middle of the 18th Century and soon found itself being used for the best quality chairs. As a hardwood which carves and cuts well, Mahogany is perfect for creating detailed and highly polished decoration. During the Georgian and Victorian period solid mahogany chairs became highly sculptural with ornate ribbon shaped splats backs, carved trailing vines and strong fluted or cabriole legs. The deep French polish finish that we associate with Mahogany emerged during the Victorian era and added depth and texture to the look. Because Mahogany was an exotic timber it seemed only right to match it to exotic and fanciful forms of chair so many antique designs cam be found. It often looks best used for elegant dining chairs, soft
When looking for an antique Mahogany chair don’t be surprised if genuine old examples have undergone restoration. Because Mahogany does not have a strong grain it can sadly crack and break more easily than Oak or Walnut, especially on objects used every day such as chairs. These later repairs do not matter and only add to the item’s unique story. By the early part of the 20th Century traditional supplies of Mahogany were really drying up and although similar chairs continued to be made right up to the present day, they are usually made of Sapele or Meranti.
At LoveAntiques we have a large and impressive range of Antique Mahogany Chairs for sale as well as later Vintage examples as well.
Harry Raine Antiques
A Set of Twelve William Tillman Mahogany Dining Chairs in The Hepplewhite Style
Pushkin Antiques Ltd
Antique 20thc Art Deco Pair OF Leather Tub Chairs & Sofa c.1920
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