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    Sale 5444

    Town & Country Perspectives - The Charles Plante Collection

    4 June 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 286

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY LIBRARY ARMCHAIR

    IN THE MANNER OF WRIGHT & ELWICK, MID-18TH CENTURY, THE FRONT LEGS PROBABLY 19TH CENTURY, THE NEEDLE POINT TAPESTRY 18TH CENTURY

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    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY LIBRARY ARMCHAIR
    In the manner of Wright & Elwick, mid-18th century, the front legs probably 19th century, the needle point tapestry 18th century
    The rectangular padded back arms and seat upholstered needlepoint tapestry, with S-scroll arm-supports, on later reeded and cartouche-carved square section legs and brackets, joined by stretchers and castors, restorations


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    This chair, follows the 'French' form as interpreted by Thomas Chippendale in his Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director of 1754, plate XIX. Related chairs of this French 'Easy Chair' form were supplied in the mid-1760s to Corsham Court, Wiltshire, (G. Beard, Upholsterers and Interior Furnishing in England, London, 1997, figs. 306-8). This pattern of voluted arm also features on similar chairs, but lacking the Gothic-fretted stretchers, at Southill, Bedfordshire (R. Edwards and P. Maquoid, The Dictionary of English Furniture, London, revised edition, 1954, Vol. I, p. 277). The same reeded-leg pattern, enriched with a bubbled ribbon-guilloche, features on chairs at Swinton, Yorkshire (sold by the Earl of Swinton and the Hon. Nicholas Cunliffe-Lister, Swinton House, Yorkshire, Christie's House Sale, 20-21 October 1975, lot 17). A pair of similar chairs, without stretchers, was sold Sotheby's, New York, 21-22 October 1999, lot 418).

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