• Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen auction at Christies

    Sale 7822

    Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen

    9 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 393

    A PAIR OF GEORGE II MAHOGANY ARMCHAIRS

    THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

    Estimate

    A PAIR OF GEORGE II MAHOGANY ARMCHAIRS
    THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    Each with a rectangular back, padded arms and seat covered in close-nailed green and cream floral material, the curved foliate-swept arm supports headed by floral sprays, on acanthus and shell-carved cabriole legs terminating in claw-and-ball feet, minor restorations, losses to two angle brackets
    38½ in. (98 cm.) high; 30 in. (76 cm.) wide; 24½ in. (62 cm.) deep (2)


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    Whilst tempting to suggest an attribution to a major London cabinet-maker, there is no single feature of this pair of armchairs which allows a firm attribution. However, the arm decoration is closely related to that on a pair of chairs from Hinton House and possibly supplied by Vile & Cobb, Hallett or Grendey. The leg design is seen on many mid-18th century chairs and is related to that on a set of seat-furniture comprising at least six needlework-covered chairs and a pair of stools. A pair of armchairs from that suite was sold anonymously, Christie's, New York, 18 October 2001, lot 150 ($226,000) and the same pair was offered recently by the late Tom Devenish, Sotheby's, New York, 24 April 2008, lot 9. Another pair of related armchairs was sold by the late Dick Turpin, Christie's, London, 9 March 2006, lot 75 (£78,000 including premium).

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    Provenance

    The late J. O. Hambro, Esq., M.C.; Christie's, London, 6 July 1995, lot 142.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the following provenance for this lot:
    The late J. O. Hambro, Esq., M.C.; Christie's, London, 6 July 1995, lot 142.