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    Sale 2808

    European Furniture, Clocks, Sculpture and Works of Art

    15 - 16 December 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 420

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III MAHOGANY OPEN ARMCHAIRS

    ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN LINNELL, CIRCA 1770

    Price Realised  

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    A PAIR OF GEORGE III MAHOGANY OPEN ARMCHAIRS
    ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN LINNELL, CIRCA 1770
    Each with a chanelled frame with finely carved husk-trails and paterae, the arms with stiff-leaf wrapped sphere terminals on downswept supports, the padded back, arms and seat covered in striped material, the inside back seatrail stamped WG (2)


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    The ball handholds clasped by acanthus, or stiff-leaves as on the present pair, are a recurrent motif in John Linnell's documented work. These appear on a set of armchairs supplied to Robert Child for Osterley Park, Middlesex in circa 1768, a set supplied to the Earl of Harewood for Harewood House, Yorkshire in circa 1775 and seat furniture supplied to the Duke of Argyll for Inverary Castle in circa 1775-1778 (see H. Hayward and P. Kirkham, William and John Linnell, London, 1980, vol.II, figs. 72, 88 and 89). This feature also appears on a design attributed to Linnell of circa 1770-1775 (op.cit, fig.87).

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