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    Sale 5351

    Christie's Interiors

    15 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 238

    A GEORGE III GILTWOOD ARMCHAIR AND ANOTHER SIMILAR

    ONE CIRCA 1780 AND ORIGINALLY PAINTED, THE OTHER SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY

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    A GEORGE III GILTWOOD ARMCHAIR AND ANOTHER SIMILAR
    One circa 1780 and originally painted, the other second half 19th century
    Each oval fluted back centred by a pierced anthemion flanked by out-scrolled feather capped arms on curved channelled supports and flowerhead roundel terminals, the serpentine fluted seat rail on fluted tapering legs headed by flowerhead roundels and turned feet, differences in detail and dimension, later decorated (2)


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    The 'cabriolet' chairs, designed in the George III French antique fashion of the 1770s, have their Roman medallion and antique-fluted backs fretted with palm flowers; while palm-leaves issue from the arms' Ionic volutes.
    A related pattern features on the 1770s trade-card of Messrs Vickers & Rutledge, the Conduit Street firm of Upholders and Cabinet-Makers (see A. Heal, London Furniture Makers, 1953, p.182). Another similar is illustrated in C. Claxton Stevens and S. Whttington, Eighteenth Century English Furniture: The Norman Adams Collection, 1983, pl.9, p.72. A related set of white-painted and parcel-gilt chairs purchased in the 1770s by Lyonel, 5th Earl of Dysart for Ham House, Surrey are illustrated in P. Thornton, 'Ham House', Furniture History, 1980, fig.188. A painted armchair and window-seat of related pattern in the collection of the Marquess of Cholmondeley, now at Houghton Hall are illustrated in P. Macquoid, The Age of Satinwood, London, 1908, figs. 102 and 115. A group of armchairs of this model were sold anonymously, Christie's London, 9 July 1998, lots 81-83.

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    Provenance

    with Phillips & MacConnal Ltd., Chester, 23 March 1944.