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    Sale 7812

    Belgravia and Lake Geneva - Two European Collections

    14 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 104

    A GEORGE II MAHOGANY ARMCHAIR

    CIRCA 1740

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE II MAHOGANY ARMCHAIR
    CIRCA 1740
    With a horseshoe shaped toprail and pierced gothic splats above a green velvet seat on a foliate-carved cabriole front leg with claw-and-ball foot, stamped 'WA', the splats possibly reduced in height or associated
    32 in. (81.5 cm.) high; 30½ in. (77 cm.) wide


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    Frederick Poke (d. 1974) was one of a group of distinguished collectors of English furniture advised by the furniture historian R. W. Symonds and his collection formed the basis of several articles by Symonds, published in The Connoisseur from 1939-1942. The dispersal of Percival Griffiths' collection at Christie's in May 1939 provided the nucleus for at least six major collections, and Poke's was one of these. Items owned by Poke, like items owned by others within Symonds' circle, continue to attract numerous collectors.

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    Provenance

    The Collection of the Late Frederick Poke, sold Sotheby's London, 11 May 1979, lot 28.