Carved wood with black and gold lacquer
H: 108 cm; W: 52 cm; D: 50 cm
Gift of David Berg, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum, In memory of his mother Ida Berg
Accession number: B82.0728(a-b)
A pair of George I hall chairs, decorated with black and gold lacquer depicting oriental landscapes.
These chairs are presumably from a much larger suite, and were made in England and decorated in China. The technique of oriental lacquer was much admired in the West, and although copied extensively did not reach the perfection of the original examples, being crude in execution and naive in drawing. Chairs of this type, with solid seats and backs, were made for show rather than use, being displayed in entrance halls and corridors.
The Eighteenth Century English Dining Room, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir