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    Sale 7746

    PARISIAN TASTE IN LONDON: A PRIVATE COLLECTION AND FURNITURE

    10 September 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 353

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III CREAM AND POLYCHROME-PAINTED AND PARCEL-GILT ARMCHAIRS

    CIRCA 1770

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III CREAM AND POLYCHROME-PAINTED AND PARCEL-GILT ARMCHAIRS
    CIRCA 1770
    Each with an oval back and foliate channelled arms, above a serpentine seat covered in floral cream watered-silk, on turned tapering fluted legs, redecorated, with batten-carrying holes, pegged construction
    39 in. (99 cm.) high; 24½ in. (62 cm.) wide; 25 in. (64 cm.) deep (2)


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    The French-patterned 'cabriolet' chairs have their Roman-medallioned backs and urn-capped columnar legs ornamented in evocation of the lyric poets' accounts of sacrifices at love's altar in antiquity; since 'Venus' rose-trophies and Apollonian palms, laurels and sunflowers enrich their hollow-fluted and Pan reeded frames. Related rose-decked 'cabriole' chairs were commissioned about 1770 for Drayton House, Northamptonshire, from the Great Pulteney Street cabinet-maker Thomas Chisholm, who was later listed amongst the subscribers to Thomas Sheraton's Drawing Book, 1793 (see Country Life, 3 June 1965, p. 1350).

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    Please note this lot consists of a pair of armchairs and is correctly illustrated on christies.com


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY