• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7830

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    21 January 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 111

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III BRASS-MOUNTED AND POLYCHROME-DECORATED MAHOGANY HALL CHAIRS

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF GEORGE III BRASS-MOUNTED AND POLYCHROME-DECORATED MAHOGANY HALL CHAIRS
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Each with panelled back centred by a roundel depicting a spread eagle bearing a serpent in its talons, above a solid seat on turned tapering legs, each stamped 'IF'
    34¼ in. (87 cm.) high; 19¾ in. (50 cm.) wide; 19¼ in. (49 cm.) deep (2)


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    Thomas Sheraton's Cabinet Encyclopaedia (1804-6) popularised the French/antique or Grecian fashion of these heraldically-charged cabriolet chairs with their urn-capped pillar legs and triumphal hollow-arched crestings supported by reeded pilasters. Roman virtue is evoked by the tablet backs' japanned medallions of serpent-slaying eagles, the Wolsterholme family crest.

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    Provenance

    Possibly commissioned around 1800 by the artist Dean Wolstenholme (d.1837) at the time he moved up to London.