• Christie's Interiors - Masters auction at Christies

    Sale 5927

    Christie's Interiors - Masters & Makers

    29 September 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 270

    A MATCHED PAIR OF GEORGE III GOTHIC YEW-WOOD AND ELM WINDSOR ARMCHAIRS

    LATE 18TH CENTURY, LONDON OR THAMES VALLEY

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    A MATCHED PAIR OF GEORGE III GOTHIC YEW-WOOD AND ELM WINDSOR ARMCHAIRS
    LATE 18TH CENTURY, LONDON OR THAMES VALLEY
    Each with pointed-arch back and gothic tracery splats, figured elm shaped seat, on cabriole legs joined by crinoline stetcher
    Each 41½ in. (105 cm.) high; first chair seat 17½ in. (44.5 cm.) high, 22 in. (56 cm.) wide, 17 in. (43 cm.) deep; second chair seat 17½ in. (44.5 cm.) high, 20¼ in. (51.5 cm.) wide, 16½ in. (42 cm.) deep (2)


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    The pinnacle of Windsor chair design is undoubtedly the Gothic windsor chair. This, now uncommon, type of Windsor was always made in the prized yew-tree timber with an elm seat. Inspired by the Gothic revival of the 18th century as epitomised by the Strawberry Hill home of Horace Walpole, the back is formed as a pointed arch and additionally incorporates pierced gothic arch underarm splats.

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    This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage