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    Sale 7611

    Furniture, Sculpture and Carpets

    11 September 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 82

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III MAHOGANY ARMCHAIRS

    IN THE MANNER OF MAYHEW AND INCE, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III MAHOGANY ARMCHAIRS
    IN THE MANNER OF MAYHEW AND INCE, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    Each with an oval padded back, armrests and seat covered in green and white striped silk, the fluted frame headed by a carved medallion flanked by husks, the acanthus-wrapped arms with scrolled ends and channelled supports above a fluted serpentine frontrail centred by an urn, on cabriole legs on tipped scrolled feet, one chair with penciled initials underneath, 'J B' and incised twice 'III', the other incised twice 'IIII', each with circular paper label inscribed in ink '6479', one stamped 'IF'
    36¼ in. (92 cm.) high; 23½ in. (59.5 cm.) wide; 18 in. (46 cm.) deep (2)


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    This French form of 'cabriolet' chair was described as 'Modern' in 1775; while their ornament harmonises with the 'Etruscan' 'columbarium' or 'vase-chamber' style promoted by The Works in Architecture, issued in 1773 by George III's court architect Robert Adam (d.1792). Their Roman-medallion and flute-enriched frames are further enriched with sacred urns and laurel, that is sacred to Apollo as god of poetry, and evokes the triumph of lyric poetry and concepts of 'sacrifices at love's altar in antiquity '. Related chairs were executed around 1780 for George IV, when Prince of Wales, and noted by Messrs A. Hepplewhite & Co. in their Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterers Guide, 1788 (see chair pattern crowned by a laurel-festooned urn, pl. 12). The channelled, scrolled arms with downswept serpentine supports relate to a suite of seat-furniture attributed to Mayhew and Ince and possibly supplied to James Buller (d. 1740) for Downes, Crediton, Devon, and sold, by descent, the Hon. Mrs. Buller, Christie's, London, 19 May 1960, lot 47.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF THE LATE LORD AND LADY ILIFFE OF BASILDON PARK
    (LOTS 78-88)