• The Collection of Benjamin F.  auction at Christies

    Sale 2388

    The Collection of Benjamin F. Edwards III

    26 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 228

    A GEORGE II WALNUT OPEN ARMCHAIR

    CIRCA 1730

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE II WALNUT OPEN ARMCHAIR
    CIRCA 1730
    The drapery swag-carved cresting above a vasiform splat and out-scrolled arms flanking a drop-in seat covered in later needlework, on cabriole legs carved with oak leaves, on paw feet, the seatrail stencilled '185' and incised '3', the carved cresting formerly with pendant husks


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    The oak leaf-carved knee is an uncommon feature which also appears on a suite from the Irwin Untermyer collection, illustrated in Y.Hackenbroch, ed., English Furniture with some furniture of other countries in the Irwin Untermyer Collection, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1953, pl.97, fig.124. Another armchair featuring this carving and with similar elegant outscroll arms is illustrated in F.L. Hinckley, The More Significant Georgian Furniture, New York, 1990, fig.16. A drapery-capped chair with similar well-articulated scroll arms was sold Sotheby's, London, 26 November 2003, lot 38 and appears to be from a larger set.

    Provenance

    With Jules L. Pass Antiques, Ltd., St Louis, 1984.