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    Sale 5745

    The Country House Sale: Pomfret House and Tetworth Hall

    5 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 43

    A PAIR OF GEORGE IV PARCEL-GILT AND WHITE PAINTED WINDOW SEATS

    CIRCA 1820, THE DECORATION LATER

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GEORGE IV PARCEL-GILT AND WHITE PAINTED WINDOW SEATS
    Circa 1820, the decoration later
    Each with a rectangular cane panelled seat above scrolled and reed decorated rails, on palm leaf-capped reeded tapering legs and urn feet, the underside of each with a metal label initialled 'H'
    18 in. (46 cm.) high; 54½ in. (138 cm.) wide; 16 in. (41 cm.) deep (2)


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    The window-seats, intended for squab cushions, are designed with elegant Grecian Ionic-scrolled and reed-wrapped rails and Egyptian palm-flowered pillars that reflect the robust Regency fashion introduced around 1815 and popularised by R. Ackermann's, The Repository of Arts, 1809-1819; and R. Brown's, Rudiments of Drawing Cabinet and Upholstery Furniture, 1822.

    The stools were at one time in the possession of Nancy Lancaster who bought from Sibyl Colefax, of the firm Colefax and Fowler, and was famed for her English Country House Style. She favoured the use of such stools at the end of beds, as featured at her Northamptonshire house, Kelmarsh, when it was illustrated in Country Life in 1932 ( M. Wood, Nancy Lancaster: English Country House Style, London, 2005, p.39)

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    Provenance

    Mrs Nancy Lancaster.