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In the world of antique furniture, few pieces can compare to the exceptional rarity and exquisite beauty of this 19th Century Giltwood Throne Armchair. The design attributed to William Kent and likely made by Thomas Ponsonby & Son. This stunning masterpiece is a true work of art, featuring a ‘Roman’ pattern with a Venus shell on scale-imbricated and acanthus-draped trusses terminating in Bacchic Lion paws. This pattern was first invented in the mid-1730s to accompany two throne-like armchairs that were supplied for the Withdrawing Room at Hampton Court Palace.

The design of this armchair is truly magnificent, and it has been traditionally reupholstered in the finest Embroidered Cut Silk Velvet. The x-frame design used by William Kent was probably a vestigial manifestation of a sixteenth-century English or Italian throne chair, adding to its historical significance. The gilding has been expertly refreshed, and it is in excellent condition, making it a rare find for collectors and enthusiasts alike.

There are comparative 18th-century thrones and stools in the Royal Collection at Hampton Court Palace that were also designed by William Kent and made by Henry Williams. Additionally, an armchair supplied by Kent to Chatsworth House is another excellent example of his exceptional talent and design skills.

In conclusion, the William Kent designed 19th Century Giltwood Throne Armchair is a true masterpiece of antique furniture that cannot be overstated in its exceptional rarity and exquisite beauty. Its historical significance and expert craftsmanship make it a rare find for collectors and enthusiasts alike, and its traditional reupholstering and refreshed gilding only add to its value and appeal. Attached are other examples in the Royal Collection at Hampton Court Palace and at Chatsworth House that showcase Kent’s exceptional talent and design skills.

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19th Century Giltwood Throne Chair after William Kent

Stock Number: 12319

19th-century Giltwood Throne Armchair. The design is attributed to William Kent and likely made by Thomas Ponsonby & Son.
Approximate Dimensions
  • Height : 129 cm (50.5 inches)
  • Width: 72.4 cm (28.5 inches)
  • Depth : 66.5 cm (26.2 inches)

£12,000

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Approximate Dimensions

  • Height : 129 cm (50.5 inches)
  • Width: 72.4 cm (28.5 inches)
  • Depth : 66.5 cm (26.2 inches)

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