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    Sale 7439

    Important English Furniture

    22 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 609

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY WINDSOR ARMCHAIR

    THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

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    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY WINDSOR ARMCHAIR
    THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    The arched moulded back and pieced vase-shaped splat flanked by spindles, with serpentine arms, above a shaped solid seat, on cabriole front legs and turned baluster back legs joined by stretchers
    36½ in. (92.5 cm.) high; 21¾ in. (55.5 cm) wide; 17¼ in. (44 cm.) deep


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    The Windsor chair is perhaps the best example of eighteenth nineteenth-century English vernacular seat furniture, almost becoming a national utility chair for use indoors or outside. The most common wood used for this type of chair is ash, beech or elm and sometimes yew or fruitwood. However, this chair is made from mahogany, the luxury wood of the 18th century imported from the West Indies. Such mahogany Windsor chairs served as robust hall chairs supplied to Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester (d.1759) for the South Hall, beneath the temple-pedimented portico, of Holkham Hall, Norfolk. Today some of the Holkham chairs are displayed in its Marble Hall (L. Schmidt et al, Holkham, Munich, 2005, plate II, p. 23).
    It bears features belonging to examples from the Thames Valley, which covers Buckinghamshire and Surrey, encompassing the districts of Slough and Newington. The distinctive front cabriole legs of this chair do not appear on chairs outside this area. The chair's comb-back and hoop-back top rail are also elements which later personify the 'Windsor' type.

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