A unique upholstered armchair, the upholstered back with a guilloche carved arched top rail and sides above an acanthus baton arm with Lion carved terminals on bellflower and lapette cabriole uprights; the upholstered seat with a kidney pillow and with lion head terminals issuing from a winged lion carved sides with lion legs and paw and disc feet.
Inspired by a unique sofa designed for Spencer House by James 'Athenian' Stuart (1713-1788) and most likely executed by the workshop of Gordon & Taitt and the lions carved by James Vardy, circa 1759. James Vardy was the brother of Spencer House's architect John Vardy. This sofa is part of a suite of furniture made for the Painted Room at Spencer House, London. The design is exceptionally bold, with winged lions forming the arms of the settees. James Stuart, the architect who designed the house and many of its furnishings was one of the first architects in Britain to work in the new Neoclassical style. For the Painted Room he had the walls painted with arabesques and oval panels, imitating the style of decoration found during the archaeological excavations of Herculaneum and Pompeii. His design for the furniture probably took its inspiration from Greek and Roman thrones in stone. These often showed seats supported on mythical beasts.
Available to purchase from stock as shown in green leather with a loose cushion in Ian Sanderson Zarina Seafoam.