Circa 1760, pair of Scottish mahogany dining chairs attributed to Alexander Peter of Edinburgh. With shaped top rail with central shell and foliate carvings and pierced tapering splat, over a large drop-in seat pad (recently reupholstered in dyed black deer hide). The slightly outswept back legs over small pad feet with small bracing stretcher between, and a large curved stretcher at an unusual height runs to the front legs. The club-shaped front legs with framed harebells to the knees, quarter brackets and extended s-scrolls, over ball and claw feet.
Firm attribution supplied by Sebastian Pryke (writer of this piece on Alexander Peter), and based on similarity to the design of chairs found in Dumfries House, which holds the only documented collection of furniture by Alexander Peter. The set of 22 chairs by Peter can be found in the Pink Dining Room, which you can see more of here.
- Size 96 cm high x 55 cm wide x 44 cm deep