• English Furniture and Clocks auction at Christies

    Sale 7769

    English Furniture and Clocks

    19 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 46

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY ARMCHAIR

    THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY IRISH

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    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY ARMCHAIR
    THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY IRISH
    The rectangular back with a scrolled foliate and drapery carved toprail above a pierced and interlaced vase-shaped splat and green velvet covered seat on cabriole legs headed by cabochons and foliage on claw and ball feet, two ears replaced
    37½ in. (95 cm.) high; 27½ in (68 cm.) wide; 24½ in. (62 cm.) deep


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    The dining chair has its 'vase' splat enriched with festive bacchic ribbons looped in the 'Chippendale' manner; and the splat, with its fretted lozenged compartment revealed beneath a tassled veil lambrequin, derives from Matthias Darly's patterns for 'Parlour Chairs' issued around 1750 in his Second Book of Chairs, (pl.1). An armchair of the same pattern formed part of the collection assembled around 1900 by Mr. A.R. Stilwell Freeland under the advice of the furniture historian Herbert Cescinsky, who illustrated it in his English Furniture of the Eighteenth Century, vol. II, 1909 (p.184, fig. 182). Another chair of this pattern, together with related English and American chairs with this pattern of splat, also feature in John J. Kirk, American Furniture and the British Tradition to 1830, New York, 1982, pp. 277 and 178).
    Another related example was sold anonymously, Christie's, New York, 18 October 2001, lot 80.

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