• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 7713

    Furniture & Clocks

    23 April 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 183

    A GEORGE III WHITE AND BRONZE-PAINTED SOFA

    LATE 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III WHITE AND BRONZE-PAINTED SOFA
    LATE 18TH CENTURY
    The frame channelled overall and the arms with Greek-key terminals, on turned, tapering and fluted legs headed by rosette blocks and with gilt-lacquered brass caps and castors, labelled to underside 'K/130', with batten-carrying holes, redecorated, castors possibly added
    35½ in. (90 cm.) high; 90 in. (229 cm.) wide; 32 in. (81 cm.) deep


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    The elegant rectilinear sofa, with Grecian key-fretted arms issuing Apollonian sunflowered tablets above fluted columnar legs, reflects the George III French/antique fashion introduced around 1780 and popularised Messrs A. Hepplewhite & Co.'s, Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide, 1788. With its cut-cornered 'tablet' back intended for four loose rectilinear cushions; and high 'bergere' arms, intended to be accompanied by French rolled cushions, it corresponds to two of Hepplewhite's sofas 'in the newest fashion', while its hollow-scrolled arms and legs featured in another pattern (Hepplewhite, ibid. pls. 21, 23 and 25). As recommended by Hepplewhite its white japanned frame is sunk with a golden ribbon band, and was no doubt intended to be covered in a sprigged and ribbon-striped upholstery as later featured on another of his related sofas patterns in his Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book, 1793 (pl. XXXV).

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.