This pair of early George III mahogany library chairs is one of the "stars" about to be offered at auction by Christie's. On October 11, these 18th century pieces attributed to Thomas Chippendale are expected to fetch between $300,000-500,000.
Although the chairs are English, the design is said to represent Chippendale's interpretation of French-style furniture. Typically these featured Chinese or Indian patterned upholstery.
Also up for bid, a set of eight George III giltwood armchairs, circa 1770, from the personal collection of Jeffrey Bilhuber. I love how these are upholstered in button tufted chocolate-brown leather. (It's hard not to add that the chairs feel very Kelly Wearstler. To see how Bilhuber used them, visit The Peak of Chic. )
The chairs above are George III-style but were made in the late 19th or early 20th century. This set is included in the upcoming auction too.