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    Sale 3786

    The Collection of Carroll Petrie & European Decorative Arts from the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, including the Eugenia Woodward Hitt Collection

    31 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1395

    A GEORGE IV PARCEL-GILT ROSEWOOD AND MAHOGANY READING CHAIR

    IN THE MANNER OF MOREL AND HUGHES, CIRCA 1830

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    A GEORGE IV PARCEL-GILT ROSEWOOD AND MAHOGANY READING CHAIR
    IN THE MANNER OF MOREL AND HUGHES, CIRCA 1830
    With outscrolled padded back, arms and seat upholstered in striped silk, with later ratcheted reading rest above leaf-carved scrolled arms, on tapering legs and casters, the interior of reading tray stamped 16425/6920


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    Nicolas Morel and Robert Hughes were partners in a cabinet-making and upholstery business at 13 Great Marlborough Street, London, from 1805 until 1826.  Their commissions included work at Carlton House, London, for the Prince of Wales, and later the Prince Regent and for several aristocratic clients. The present chair bears a strong correlation with a bergere supplied by Morel and Hughes in 1823 to the 3rd Duke of Northumberland for the Ante Room to the Crimson Drawing Room, Northumberland House.  Both chairs share the same bold shaping of the back as well as the carved and gilt decoration of the legs and seatrail (F. Collard, Regency Furniture, Suffolk, 1985, p. 111, pl. 12).

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    Provenance

    Acquired from Phillips of Hitchin Antiques, Ltd., Hertfordshire in 1982.
    Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Catherine H. Collins Collection.