19th Century Irish pair of finely carved mahogany hall chairs attributed to 'Strahan', the moulded pierced back with centred armorial shield surmounted with beautifully carved foliate crest flanked with pairs of S and C scrolls with trailing acanthus leaf detail, raised over shaped seat with moulded apron supported on cabriole leg with flower head motif on knee and scroll detail terminating on paw foot.
Robert Strahan, Dublin, Ireland
Founded in 1776 as a cabinet maker, Robert Strahan & Co. grew to become one of Ireland's premiere furniture designers, exhibiting at The Great Industrial Exhibition of 1853 in Dublin. A walnut table, exhibited at the second London International Exhibition of 1862, showcased their talent for both design and manufacture. Bringing together marquetry, scrolling foliage, masks, strap work and cartouches in a piece of some merit; A fine piece displaying the influence of Thomas Hope and Richard Bridgens, it was illustrated in the Art Journal Illustrated Catalogue for the London exhibition.
Designing and manufacturing for the Office of public works, they gained the reputation for high quality furniture and were commissioned to design and manufacture for some of the great Irish country houses such as Doneraile Court, Co. Cork and Lisnavagh, Co. Carlow.
The Firm started out trading from 10-11 Chancery Lane. Move forward 39 years to 1815 and the firm had expanded in to 24-25 Henry Street. In 1845 it expanded further still into 5 Leister Street. In 1870 the firm moved to Abbey Street trading under the family name until 1969.
H: 37.25 in / 94.6 cm W: 18.5 in / 47 cm D: 18 in / 45.7 cm
Seat Height: 18.75 in / 47.5 cm