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    Sale 7727

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    4 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 114

    A GEORGE II MAHOGANY ARMCHAIR

    MID-18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A GEORGE II MAHOGANY ARMCHAIR
    MID-18TH CENTURY
    The waved toprail above a pierced vertical splat and outcurved arms and padded needlework covered seat, on cabriole legs headed by shells and raised pad feet, the front rail with 'BM188' plastic label, rails supported with new blocks
    38 in. (97 cm.) high; 25½ in. (65 cm.) wide; 19½ in. (50 cm.) deep


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    The pattern for this chair back is taken from plate XII of Thomas Chippendale's The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker's Directory, 1st ed., London, 1754. It is familiar from various known Irish chairs, including six mahogany dining-chairs formerly at Knappogue Castle, County Clare formerly in the collection of Mrs Mark Edwin Andrews, Sotheby's New York, 15 April 1994, lot 71 and a set of dining chairs originally from Malahide Castle, County Dublin and sold by the Hon. Desmond Guinness, Sotheby's, London, 7 July 2000, lot 27. Glin and Peill note that Irish cabinet-makers were known to adapt designs from English pattern books and add Irish details such as the elongated shells at each end of the toprail and horizontal shaped angle-brackets at the top of the legs that feature on the Malahide Castle chairs (Glin & Peill, Irish Furniture, New Haven & London, 2007, p.110). This English chair does not feature any Irish idiosyncrasies: rather it is very true to the Chippendale design.

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    Saleroom Notice

    The needlework is later.