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    Sale 7592

    Four British Collections Including Important Furniture

    5 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 191

    A PAIR OF BLACK AND GILT-JAPANNED STOOLS

    OF QUEEN ANNE STYLE, LATE 20TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF BLACK AND GILT-JAPANNED STOOLS
    OF QUEEN ANNE STYLE, LATE 20TH CENTURY
    Each decorated overall with foliate scrolls, the concave-sided rectangular drop-in seat covered with vieux rose floral-patterned silk damask, above a shaped apron and shaped sides, on square legs joined by scrolled X-shaped pierced stretchers and terminating in pad feet
    17¼ in. (44 cm.) high; 28¾ in. (73 cm.) wide; 23 in. (58.5 cm.) deep (2)


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    This pair of stools is copied from the model sold as two pairs of stools by The Lord Aberconway, Christie's, London, 9 July 1998, lot 16-17 (£122,500 and £117,000 respectively). The original suite (which also included a long stool, sold in the same sale, as lot 18 (£51,000)) was almost certainly commissioned around 1700-10 by Sir Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds (d. 1712) for a bedroom appartment at Kiveton, Yorkshire. Built on a palatial scale between 1697-1705 under the guidance of the architects William Talman (d. 1719) and John Fitch (d. 1706), the rooms at Kiveton were described as being 'richly furnished with Damask & Velvet' in 1724. Two further suites of black and gilt-japanned seat-furniture also supplied to the Duke of Leeds, either for Kiveton or his Wimbledon house and subsequently recorded at Hornby Castle, are now thought to have been executed by Philip Guibert (d. 1739).
    However, this form of voluted stretcher also features on seats attributed to Thomas Roberts (d. 1714) of 'The Royal Chair', Marylebone Street, who supplied 'blue and white japan' stools for Hampton Court in 1693 and related 'banquettes' for Chatsworth, Derbyshire in 1702 (The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, Leeds, 1986, p. 752).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
    (LOTS 130-209)