• Hearts of Oak auction at Christies

    Sale 5982

    Hearts of Oak

    2 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 91

    A JAMES II WALNUT WING ARMCHAIR

    CIRCA 1685

    Price Realised  

    A JAMES II WALNUT WING ARMCHAIR
    CIRCA 1685
    With an earred back and outscrolled arms covered in associated 18th Century gros-point needlework and loose cushion covered in later needlework, on double-scrolled legs joined by S-scrolled, flower and leaf-carved front stretcher and with further turned stretchers, the side seat-rails strengthened
    47 in. (119 cm.) high


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    A 'large easy elbow chair with cheekes down the side' is amongst the earliest references to a Wing chair in late 17th Century England - the words used in the inventory of Queen Mary's dressing room at Whitehall in 1692. Adam Bowett, in his study of the evolution of late 17th Century furniture forms, notes the introduction of the 'double-S' stretcher from France where similar stretchers were fitted to Parisian fauteuils from the late 1670s, becoming increasingly common in England during the 1680s. The double scroll leg and concentric turned stretcher displayed on this chair gained increasing dominance with the appointment of Thomas Roberts as Royal Chairmaker in 1686 (A. Bowett, English Furniture 1660-1714, From Charles II to Queen Anne, Woodbridge, 2002, pp. 94 - 99).

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    Provenance

    Simon Sainsbury: The Creation of an English Arcadia, Christie's London, 18 June 2008, lot 56.