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    Sale 12247

    The English Collector: English Furniture, Clocks and Portrait Miniatures

    17 November 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 86

    A PAIR OF GEORGE I RED JAPANNED SIDE CHAIRS

    IN THE MANNER OF GILES GRENDEY, CIRCA 1720-30

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    A PAIR OF GEORGE I RED JAPANNED SIDE CHAIRS
    IN THE MANNER OF GILES GRENDEY, CIRCA 1720-30
    Each with a vase-shaped splat above a caned drop-in seat and buff-silk squab cushions, on shell-carved cabriole legs with claw and ball feet, the decoration refreshed
    38 ¼ in. (97 cm.) high; 21 ¾ in. (55.5 cm.) wide; 22 ¾ in. (58 cm.) deep


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    Giles Grendey (1693-1780) flourished amongst the top rank of London's cabinet makers during the second quarter of the 18th century. He is widely recognised for the bold line of his seat furniture, often incorporating distinctive carved shells, and for his use of japanned decoration. His career spanned more than 50 years and he established a prolific workshop with a wide range of clients including in the 1740s Richard Hoare of Barn Elms and Henry Hoare of Stourhead.
    By 1735 - 40 when japanned decoration had largely fallen from favour in Britain, Grendey was conducting a flourishing export trade to the Iberian peninsular where such work was much in demand, and from where he received various commissions, most notably the celebrated and extensive suite of some eighty scarlet japanned items for the Duke of Infantado's castle at Lazcano in northern Spain.

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