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    Sale 7592

    Four British Collections Including Important Furniture

    5 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 36


    CIRCA 1760

    Price Realised  


    CIRCA 1760
    The padded back, arms and seat covered in foliate sea-green silk damask, the serpentine toprail carved with acanthus, with outward curving supports marked with c-scrolls and acanthus, above a serpentine frontrail with c-scrolls and acanthus, on fluted cabriole legs headed by cartouches, on scroll feet, with solid mahogany rails
    20¼ in. (93 cm.) high; 61 in. (155 cm.) wide; 27½ in. (70 cm.) deep

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    The settee's cabriole legs headed by acanthus-adorned cartouches and a frieze of finely carved c-scrolls relates to a design for a sofa in Ince and Mayhew's The Universal System of Household Furniture, 1762, pl. 62, and that for 'Stools for recesses and Windows', pl. 61, in the same publication. A related settee with similarly carved arms and serpentine frieze with acanthus clasped cabriole legs, attributed to Wright and Elwick, once formed part of a suite at Wentworth Woodhouse, and was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 9 July 1998, lot 56, £26,450.
    An armchair with similar arms and acanthus carving is illustrated in C. C. Stevens and S. Whittington, 18th Century English Furniture, The Norman Adams Collection, 1983. p. 40.

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    Anonymous sale, Sotheby's London, 7 July 2000, lot 80.