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    Sale 7611

    Furniture, Sculpture and Carpets

    11 September 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 58

    A PAIR OF GEORGE IV MAHOGANY BERGERES

    ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS, CIRCA 1820

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GEORGE IV MAHOGANY BERGERES
    ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS, CIRCA 1820
    Each with a rectangular padded back, sides and seat with squab cushion covered in dusty pink buttoned patterned material, the outscrolled arms with rosette terminals, above a moulded reeded seat-rail centred by a stylized shell flanked by scrolls, on reeded turned tapering legs with brass caps and castors, both inscribed in pencil 'Caryngton (?)', both incised 'WT'
    37 in. (94 cm.) high; 32 in. (81.5 cm.) wide; 30 in. (76 cm.) deep (2)


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    The lyre-scrolled and Egyptian palm-flowered bergeres, with reeded and urn-capped pillars, are designed in Messrs Gillow of London and Lancasters French/antique fashion; and would have accompanied fireside Grecian sofas, then considered essential for the comfortable Drawing Room Living Room during George IV's Regency.

    The inscription would almost certainly indicate their commission by J.T. Coryton for Pentillie Castle, Cornwall, following its building in 1812 to the designs of William Wilkins (d.1839), author of The Antiquities of Magna Graecia, 1807 and famed amongst his contemporaries for his 'true taste'.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN ESTATE
    (LOTS 58-59)