Gainsborough Suite

The Chippendale style Gainsborough suite, comprising of 2 single chairs and 1 double settee, started out as 3 single chairs. The client required a suitable settee to complement the two chairs, and we found a solution. Having only made single chair frames in this style, I cut one of them up, maintaining 2 side frames. Once the relevant mortise joints were cleaned out, all new longer rails and central legs were made and fitted to the two sides. The appearance is of a double settee, like 2 chairs joined together, which was one of the earliest forms of the settee, during the eighteenth century.