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    Sale 7540

    A House on the Wiltshire Downs

    6 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 35


    CIRCA 1750

    Price Realised  


    CIRCA 1750
    Of large size, upholstered in close-nailed Rescht 19th Century embroidery within a foliate-carved frame, the arched padded back above padded outswept arms on cabriole legs with scroll feet, the inside of one leg inscribed in ink '586', old repairs

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    The richly carved chair has a tall triumphal-arched back in the manner of Dutch armorial-decked shields appropriate for Stadholder's chairs. One such chair from the Amsterdam Town Hall Council Chamber is thought to have provided a throne in 1768 for the Stadholder Prince William V (see R. Baarsen, Dutch Furniture 1600-1800, Amsterdam, 1993, pp. 108-109). This present chair is serpentined in the picturesque Louis XV fashion, with its Cupid-bowed cresting terminating in waved volutes, while flowers in bas-relief festoon the pilasters as well as the lambrequined cartouche of the seat rail, whose truss-scrolled pilasters terminate in plinth-supported volutes. This richly moulded frame, wreathed in addorsed and scalloped reeds evoking Pan's Arcadia, relates in particular to 'French Chair' patterns with Chinese-figured upholstery issued by the St. Martin's Lane cabinet-maker Thomas Chippendale in his Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, 1754.

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