Regency Rosewood Sofa

Up until the death of his father in 1820, George IV spent a great deal of his time, energy and money setting the taste of his generation. With his elaborate and extensive building project of Carlton House he laid the foundation for the Regency style that lasted for the best part of thirty years. Whilst Carlton House didn't survive his transition from Prince Regent to Monarch, the furniture did, forming today's collection at Buckingham Palace as well as establishing the style of the extensive renovations at Windsor Castle. His taste for expensive furniture sup- plied by the best London makers of the time such as Morel & Seddon and Thomas Parker inspired the aristocracy to follow in his footsteps and redecorate their homes in the classical taste.

Whilst not attributable to a specific maker, this sofa has all the hallmarks of a piece inspired by the works of Thomas Hope, the leading classicist of the day. His book entitled "Household Furniture and Decoration" published in 1807 was the first work to mention directly "Interior Design" as a recognised concept. It espoused the use of top quality woods in furniture construction as well as ornamentation with metal mounts. Exotic woods such as rosewood, satinwood and zebra wood, which could be polished to a high sheen and give a visually striking surface and depth of colour, previously unachievable with mahogany.

A very large and fine Regency period sofa with shaped back support above over scrolled arms, beautifully ornamented with rich classical ormolu mounts in the form of trailing laurel leaves. The well figured cushioned base is supported on downswept sabre legs terminating in handsome ormolu scrolled toes finishing in recessed castors.

Now re-upholstered in RU Gingerbread Velvet (5629) with double-pipe.

English, circa 1820
H 99cm x W 243cm x D 85cm
H 38.99" x W 95.71" x D 33.48"


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