Exceptional C18th Chinese export hardwood corner armchair; of an eccentric and curvaceous design and proportions; the horseshoe shaped top rail of exaggerated form being unusually angled and forming the outswept arms; raised on turned supports and solid well figured vase shaped splats; above the voluptuous shaped seat rail having a moulded edge, housing the green velvet upholstered drop in seat. The monumental cabriole front leg headed with a large finely carved lion's mask and terminating in a oversized ball and claw foot. The square section legs with a rounded facing edge, united by unusual turned and block stretchers.
These rare and highly desirable pieces of C18th Chinese export furniture were usually made from exotic hardwoods to English designs for the export market. This extraordinary chair has design influences of a George II Irish armchair possibly made under the guidance of an Irish cabinet maker.
Chinese circa 1760
Very good original condition, with a good natural colour and surface.
Dimensions (ins) 32.5 wide x 28 deep x 37 high; seat height 19