• Property from the Collection o auction at Christies

    Sale 7819

    Property from the Collection of HRH The Prince George, Duke of Kent KG, KT, and HRH Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent CI, GCVO and their families

    20 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 46

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III MAHOGANY HALL BENCHES

    CIRCA 1760, ATTRIBUTED TO WILLIAM AND JOHN LINNELL

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III MAHOGANY HALL BENCHES
    CIRCA 1760, ATTRIBUTED TO WILLIAM AND JOHN LINNELL
    Each rectangular dished seat with scroll ends above a Vitruvian scroll frieze on all four sides, on raised panelled square tapering legs and block feet headed by scrolled angle-brackets, each labelled to the underside 'E.R.II, Buckingham Palace, L.C.D.' inscribed in ink 'Prince Michael', with double batten-carrying holes
    17¾ in. (45 cm.) high; 36½ in. (93 cm.) wide; 17½ in. (45 cm.) deep (2)


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    The elegant Ionic-scrolled seats, reflecting the George III Grecian fashion popularised by James Stuart's, Antiquities of Athens, (1762), were originally designed en suite with banqueting hall settees, whose Grecian triumphal-arched backs were accompanied by reed-enriched bergere arms terminating in Ionic waved volutes. The seat friezes, likewise evoke the birth of Venus, with their Vitruvian frets of festive wave-scrolled ribbons; while pearled and quatrefoiled tablets of Roman foliage cap their hermed and reed-enriched pilasters. They were almost certainly designed for either William Stanhope, 2nd Earl of Harrington or his son Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl of Harrington (d. 1829) of Harrington House, St. James's and Petersham Lodge, Richmond, who are listed amongst the patrons of the Berkeley Square cabinet-makers William and John Linnell (see H. Hayward and P. Kirkham, William and John Linnell, London, 1980. p.30). The prototype for the Harrington settee pattern can be traced to the Linnell's design of 1767 for some Venus shell-capped settees for Shardeloes, Buckinghamshire (see Hayward, ibid, fig 251).

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    Provenance

    William Stanhope, 2nd Earl of Harrington (1719-1799) [succeeded 1756]. For Petersham Lodge, Richmond, or to his son Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl of Harrington (d.1829) for Harrington House, Stable Yard Road, St James's Palace.