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    Sale 7627

    Dealing in Excellence: A Celebration of Hotspur and Jeremy

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 110

    A PAIR OF GEORGE II MAHOGANY SMALL SOFAS

    MID-18TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF GEORGE II MAHOGANY SMALL SOFAS
    MID-18TH CENTURY
    Each with rectangular padded back and seat with outscrolled padded arms covered in crimson silk damask, on cabriole legs carved with acanthus clasps, on paw feet, with original beech cross-struts
    38½ in. (98 cm.) high; 41 in. (104.5 cm.) wide; 29 in. (73.5 cm.) deep (2)


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    The large fireside bergere chairs, with truss-scrolled columnar legs wreathed in Roman acanthus and terminating in bacchic lion-paws, are designed in the George II Roman fashion promoted by architects such as William Kent (d. 1744). A pair of related chairs, terminating in Jupiter eagle-claws, was sold anonymously, Christie's London, 28 November 1929, lot 45; and another pair equipped with comfortable cushions was commissioned for Ham House, Richmond from the cabinet-maker George Nix (d. 1751). They were supplied en suite with a sofa, featuring this pattern of Ionic-scrolled arms, and were described as 'Elbow Chairs' in an invoice dated January 1731 (see M. Tomlin, '18th Century Furnishings at Ham House', Country Life, 10 November, 1977, pp. 1418-1421, fig. 4; and P. Thornton, 'The Furnishing and Decoration of Ham House', Furniture History, 1980, figs. 156 and 155). Amongst contemporary cabinet-makers supplying richly carved furniture of this nature was William Hallet (d.1781) of Long Acre, who helped furnish Temple Newsam House, Leeds in the mid 1730s (see C. Gilbert, 'Newly Discovered Furniture by William Hallett', The Connoisseur, December 1964, pp. 224-225).

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