• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 2203

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Carpets from The Corcoran Gallery of Art

    24 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 455

    A PAIR OF ENGLISH WALNUT LIBRARY ARMCHAIRS

    PART POSSIBLY 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A PAIR OF ENGLISH WALNUT LIBRARY ARMCHAIRS
    PART POSSIBLY 18TH CENTURY
    Each arched curved back and seat with downcurved foliate-carved arms on cabochon and flower-carved cabriole legs (2)


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    These chairs and the corner chair (lot 457) once formed part of the celebrated collection of eighteenth century decorative arts formed by Judge Irwin Untermyer (d.1973). For some twenty years he served on the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Board of Trustees, and his munifence as one of the Museum's greatest benefactors was recorded by its President Douglas Dillon in the Museum's catalogue Highlights of the Untermyer Collection of English and Continental Decorative Arts, 1977. Fine examples from Judge Irwin Untermyer's collection of furniture and needlework are currently on view in the English galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

    Provenance

    Judge Irwin Untermyer, New York.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF THE FINE ARTS MUSEUMS OF SAN FRANCISCO, SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ACQUISITIONS FUND (LOTS 455-474)


    Literature

    Y. Hackenbroch, English Furniture in the Irwin Untermyer Collection, New York, 1958, pl. 109, fig. 113.