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    Sale 7713

    Furniture & Clocks

    23 April 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 176

    A GEORGE II MAHOGANY MASTER'S ARMCHAIR

    MID-18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE II MAHOGANY MASTER'S ARMCHAIR
    MID-18TH CENTURY
    The pierced-interlaced splat with a quatrefoil above two rosettes, with serpentine toprail with c-scrolls and rockwork and a central rosette flanked by acanthus-tipped ears, above fluted column uprights, the inward-curving arms with scrolled ends, on cabriole legs headed by C-scroll and acanthus carving, on scrolled feet with a chamfered square stretcher
    52½ in. (132.5 cm.) high; 28½ in. (72.5 cm) wide; 25¼ in. (64 cm.) deep


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    The Master's chair, with its antique-fluted pilasters, ribbon-fretted splat and acanthus-wrapped corners, relates in part to the 'Chippendale' Master's Chair from the Plymouth Freemasons Hall (see M. Harris, The English Chair, London, 1946 pl. 96). It also relates to one from a set of masonic armchairs of the South Middlesex Lodge, circa 1730 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, while its foliated and truss-scrolled legs terminate in Jupiter eagle-claws in the fashion adopted for the Warden's Chair of the London Company of Fishmongers that has been dated about 1750 (op cit. p. 168).
    Its near pair, illustrated in G.W. Whiteman, Halls and Treasures of the City Companies, p. 105, was sold with the present chair, anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 6 July 1989, lot 33 (£81,000).

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    Provenance

    The Clothworker's Hall, Mincing Lane, London, EC3.
    Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 6 July 1989, lot 33 (part lot).


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN


    Exhibited

    Art Treasures Exhibition, London, Grafton Galleries, 1928