• Living with Art auction at Christies

    Sale 12198

    Living with Art

    13 - 14 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 96


    CIRCA 1780


    CIRCA 1780
    En suite with the armchairs in the previous lot, re-gilt

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    These armchairs and settee formed part of a larger suite. Partridge owned three settees and four armchairs in 1995. The model has come up at auction, with grey-painted and parcel-gilt decoration. A settee and pair of armchairs was sold Sotheby’s, London, 25 April 1986, lot 62. A single matching settee was sold Phillips, London, 10 April 1994, lot 137. A settee with four armchairs was sold from a private collection, Sotheby’s, New York, 1 February 1992, lot 312.

    The antique 'pelta' form chair back is of a type much favored by the architect James Wyatt (d.1813) and the chair design bears a marked similarity to a chair that features in an undated and unidentified room elevation by Wyatt illustrated in J.Cornforth and J.Fowler, English Decoration in the 18th Century, 1974, fig.13. The chair in the design is inscribed 'in canvas/5 Guin Each' which refers to the chair price prior to covering. The chair, part of a larger suite (window seats also feature in the drawing), features the same profile leg, serpentined seat-rail and arms united with the front legs.

    A virtually identical suite remains in the Drawing Room at Brodsworth Hall, Yorkshire, now the property of the English Heritage. The suite may have been part of the heirlooms brought to Brodsworth when rebuilt by a later owner, Charles Sabine Thellusson and his wife Georgiana (nee Theobald) in the 1860s. Alternatively, the Thellussons were known to have purchased furniture from Lapworth Brothers of London. The Victorian house replaced the Georgian house of Archbishop Hay Drummond who commissioned plans from Robert Adam between 1761 and 1765.

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    Anonymous sale; Sotheby’s, London, 25 April 1986, lot 62.
    With Stair & Company, New York.
    Possibly the Property of a Private Collection; Sotheby's, New York, 1 February 1992, lot 312 (a settee and four armchairs, grey painted and parcel-gilt).
    Acquired from Partridge, London (who advertised three settees, four armchairs).

    Pre-Lot Text



    Partridge, Recent Acquisitions 1995, no. 21, pp. 52-53.