Pair of 'parlor' chairs
After a design by George Smith (1786–1826)
Oak, with original leather upholstery
88 x 47 x 49.5 cm
English, circa 1808
[…]; Humphrey Carrasco; private collection
George Smith, A Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, London, 1808, pl. 37 (top)
George Smith is described on the title page of his ambitious and influential pattern book, as ‘upholder extraordinary to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales’. The 158 aquatint engravings bear dates from 1804 to 1807 and are important as being the first collection of designs for ordinary furniture in a fully developed Regency style.
Directories reveal that Smith traded as an ‘upholsterer and cabinetmaker’ at 69 Dean St, Soho 1795–97 and as ‘upholder etc’ at 15 Princes St, Cavendish Sq. 1806–11; his trade card issued from this address features the Royal Arms and states he was ‘Upholder and cabinet maker to HRH The Prince of Wales, draughtsman in Architecture, Perspective and Ornaments.’ It is difficult to estimate his status as a furniture maker owing to a dearth of evidence.
Information on George Smith quoted from BIFMO, entry updated 7 August 2019