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    Sale 12247

    The English Collector: English Furniture, Clocks and Portrait Miniatures

    17 November 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 154

    A GEORGE I WALNUT ARMCHAIR

    CIRCA 1720

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    A GEORGE I WALNUT ARMCHAIR
    CIRCA 1720
    The shaped toprail above a shaped, rectangular shaped crossbanded and featherbanded solid splat with moulded shepherd's crook arms above a later leather drop-in seat, with turned stretcher and cabriole legs terminating in pointed pad feet, the back stretcher replaced
    42 in. (106.5 cm.) high; 26 in. (66 cm.) wide; 25 in. (63.5 cm.) deep


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    In the early 18th century, this elegant form of parlour chair was associated with imports of the East India Companies trading with China and retailed as 'Indian' or 'India-backed', or more simply as 'bended' or 'sweep backed'. The furniture historian Adam Bowett describes the introduction of the pattern as 'the most radical and far-reaching design innovation of eighteenth century chair-making' and notes the earliest documented examples at Canons Ashby, 1717 (Adam Bowett, Early Georgian Furniture 1715 - 1740, Woodbridge, 2009, pp. 156 - 160). Bowett illustrates several examples including a side chair with bended back from the Frederick Parker Collection (ibid. p.47, pl. 1.38), while a pair of closely related chairs bearing the trade label of William Old and John Ody have straight backs (ibid. p.160, pl. 4.30).

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