Pair of Venetian style, silvered Grotto armchairs with a clam shell back and seat with neoclassical dolphin armrests and shell shaped cabriole legs, the undersides with a printed label ‘made in the Philippines, designed by Maitland Smith’ circa 1990s.
Maitland Smith was established in 1979. They used highly skilled artisans and quality raw materials to create decorative accessories and furniture inspired by eighteenth century designs. The company moved to the Philippines in 1981. They introduced the use of unusual materials such as rattan, stone mosaic, coconut shell inlay, faux tortoise shell, pen shell inlay, mother of pearl, faux malachite, fossil stone amongst many others paying meticulous detail to quality and details.
Currently on display in our London Collection, at The Talisman Building.
Pair of Maitland Smith Grotto Chairs, 1990s