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    Sale 2154

    Important English Furniture, Clocks and Ceramics

    7 April 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 246

    A PAIR OF GEORGE II WALNUT LIBRARY OPEN ARMCHAIRS

    PROBABLY MID-18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GEORGE II WALNUT LIBRARY OPEN ARMCHAIRS
    PROBABLY MID-18TH CENTURY
    Each serpentine padded back, arms and seat covered in silk damask, on bold cabriole legs with scroll feet (2)


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    A chair from this set, identified as from the Earl of Lathom's collection, is illustrated in M. Harris & Sons, A Catalogue and Index of Old Furniture and Works of Art, part II, n.d. (circa 1930), p. 238, fig. F18187. The 3rd Earl of Lathom was a dilettante renowned for his passion for the theater and patronage of the young Noel Coward. In the early 1920s, his lavish parties were legendary, hosted for a group of 'Bright Young Things' (including Coward) at his ancestral estate Blythe Hall in Lancashire. Upon his young death at 35, the earldom ended.

    A pair from the set was sold, the property of a Gentleman, Christie's, London, 28 May 1964, lot 91 (the single photographed chair with exposed plain armrests). A chest-on-stand with identical feet is illustrated in G. Beard & J. Goodison, English Furniture 1500-1840, 1987, p. 71, fig 2.

    Provenance

    Edward William Bootle-Wilbraham, 3rd Earl of Lathom (d. 1930), possibly for Blythe Hall, Lancashire.
    with M. Harris & Son, London, circa 1930.
    The Estate of John F. Fleming; Christie's, New York, 17 June 1989, either lot 152 or 152A.
    Bought from Carlton Hobbs, London in 1991.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR


    Literature

    A chair from this set is illustrated in M. Harris & Sons, A Catalogue and Index of Old Furniture and Works of Art, part II, p.238 fig. F18187. A chest-on-Stand with identical feet is illustrated in G. Beard & J. Goodison, English Furniture 1500-1840, 1987, p. 71, fig 2.