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    Sale 7700

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    22 January 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 20

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III MAHOGANY ARMCHAIRS

    POSSIBLY BY JOHN BRADBURN, CIRCA 1765

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III MAHOGANY ARMCHAIRS
    POSSIBLY BY JOHN BRADBURN, CIRCA 1765
    Each with an arched top rail and padded arms with lion mask carved terminals and curving supports, a rectangular seat and cabriole legs with further masks and foliate scroll-carved brackets, with hairy paw feet and castors, one chair with three replaced rails, variations in size and carving.
    40 in. (101 cm.) high; 30½ in. (77 cm.) wide; 35 in. (89 cm.) deep (2)


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    The distinctive lion-mask carving of this pair of armchairs is similar to that found on an armchair reputedly supplied by the cabinet and chair-maker John Bradburn for the Royal Pew at St Martin's-in-the-Fields. From 1764-1777, Bradburn held the Royal Warrant of 'Upholsterer to his Majesty and Cabinet-Maker to the Great Wardrobe' and would have been the prime candidate to have supplied such a chair for the Monarch's use in St Martin's. A closely related pair of armchairs was sold by Sir John Ramsden, Bt., Christie's, London, 23 May 1932, lot 71 (£194).
    The richly-carved profile of lion's head at the top of the legs is similar to that found on 'The Chichester Suite of Seat-Furniture' supplied to Charles Chichester, for Hall, Barnstaple, Devon, circa, 1740 and sold by his descendant, Sotheby's house sale, 11 November 1996, lot 53 (£194,000).

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    VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium


    Provenance

    Bought from H.W.Keil, Broadway, Worcestershire.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN