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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 144

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY, SATINWOOD AND EBONISED MONOGRAMMED SIDE CHAIR

    IN THE MANNER OF MAYHEW & INCE, LATE 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY, SATINWOOD AND EBONISED MONOGRAMMED SIDE CHAIR
    IN THE MANNER OF MAYHEW & INCE, LATE 18TH CENTURY
    The cartouche-shaped back enclosing a monogrammed later splat with the initials 'WAJ', the serpentine padded seat covered in later floral needlework, above a fluted frieze, on ring-turned stop-fluted tapering legs headed by floral paterae
    36½ in. (93 cm.) high; 21¼ in. (54 cm.) wide; 20 in. (51 cm.) deep


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    This chair model with French 'cabriolet' back was noted as 'Modern' in Thomas Malton's Treatise on Perspective', 1775 (pl.33 fig. 131); while Bowles's, New and Complete Book of Cyphers, 1777, helped revive the George II fashion for cypher-backed parlour chairs. This chair's laurel-enriched initials, identified as 'W.A.J.', may have been connected with its needlework seat covering. Its antique-fluted frame and columnar legs, as well as its golden paterae inlaid with 'Apollo' sunflowers, reflect the 1770s French antique fashion. A pair of cabriolet chairs, with antique fluted frames, have been attributed to John Mayhew and William Ince, whose Soho firm supplied related chairs for Chirk Castle, Wales and Cobham Hall, Kent. A pair of related chairs was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 23 November 2006, lot 12.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN ESTATE
    (LOTS 143-144)