• Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen auction at Christies

    Sale 7822

    Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen

    9 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 394

    A MATCHED SET OF TWELVE GEORGE III MAHOGANY ARMCHAIRS

    IN THE MANNER OF GILLOWS, CIRCA 1780

    Estimate

    A MATCHED SET OF TWELVE GEORGE III MAHOGANY ARMCHAIRS
    IN THE MANNER OF GILLOWS, CIRCA 1780
    Comprising a set of eight and a set of four, each with a pierced shield-shaped splat with curved moulded arms above a bow-front seat covered in cream and light blue striped cotton, on square tapering legs terminating in block feet, four armchairs with blue-bordered paper labels inscribed 'Checked by Malletts 16.6.70', restorations, partly re-railed
    36¼ in. (92 cm.) to 37 in. (94 cm.) high; 21¾ in. (55 cm.) wide; 19 in. (48 cm.) deep (12)


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    The chairbacks are of Grecian pelta-shield form with palm-flower splats radiating from a sunflower medallion and derive from a 'bar-back' sofa pattern published in A. Hepplewhite & Co.'s Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide, 1788, pl. 26, and on a 'Camel back stay rail' chair featured in the late 1780s archives of Gillows (L. Boynton, ed., Gillow Furniture Designs 1760-1800, Royston, 1995, fig. 260) and one example was made for a Mrs Chadwick, December 1785 (S. Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster & London, vol. I, 2008, p. 165, pl. 123). A set of nine chairs of almost identical pattern was sold anonymously [50 Years of Collecting: The Decorative Arts of Georgian England], Christie's, London, 14 May 2003, lot 95 (sold after the sale £59,950), and another set of four of the same pattern was sold as lot 43 (£62,140).

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    Provenance

    Possibly Malletts, 1970.
    Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, London, 15 November 1996, lot 73.