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    Sale 5746

    The Roger Warner Collection - Part I

    20 - 21 January 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 175

    A GEORGE II MAHOGANY LIBARY OPEN ARMCHAIR

    CIRCA 1755

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE II MAHOGANY LIBARY OPEN ARMCHAIR
    CIRCA 1755
    With contemporary glazed wool upholstery, formerly with additional footstool
    34 in. (87 cm.) high; the seat 28½ in. (72 cm.) wide, 25 in. (64 cm.)


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    This type of comfortable easy-chair with scrolled ears and 'mattress' seat with cushion evolved from the early 18th Century wing chair and first made its appearance in fashionable drawing-rooms in the 1750s.
    Thomas Chippendale, whose Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, 1754, popularised the Louis XV style, noted in its 1763 edition that this type of 'Easy' chair or 'Chaise Longue' with elongated seat and accompanying stool was called a Peche Mortel by the French. It was also called a 'half-couch' or bergere in Messrs Ince & Mayhew's pattern book, The Universal System of Household Furniture, 1762, pl. XV.
    A similar chair was sold, Simon Sainsbury: The Creation of an English Arcadia, Christie's London, 18 June 2008, lot 48.

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    Provenance

    The Earls of Ilchester, Holland House, London until removed to Melbury, Dorset.
    Purchased by Roger Warner from Melbury on 20 July 1967.