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    Sale 5745

    The Country House Sale: Pomfret House and Tetworth Hall

    5 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 232

    A PAIR OF GILTWOOD ARMCHAIRS

    AFTER THE ORIGINAL MODEL DESIGNED BY ROBERT ADAM FOR THE BANQUETING HALL AT MOOR PARK, LATE 20TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GILTWOOD ARMCHAIRS
    After the original model designed by Robert Adam for the Banqueting Hall at Moor Park, late 20th century
    Each with an arched padded back, outscrolled arms and seat covered in white calico, with borders of entrelac and paterae above pierced seat-rails with flowered guilloche, the front corners with ram's heads on tapering cabriole legs headed by acanthus scrolls on hoof feet, each front seat rail stamped '1325-63032' and '1325-63033' (2)


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    These armchairs are after the original models that formed the magnificent suite of seat-furniture designed in 1764 by Robert Adam (d.1792), architect to King George III and commissioned by Sir Lawrence Dundas (1712-1781) for the Banqueting Hall at Moor Park, Hertfordshire.
    Conceived to harmonise with the Arcadian deities painted around the walls of the villa's great room of entertainment, the beribboned ram's-masks recall ancient festivities honouring the wine-god Bacchus. This suite reflects the robust 'antique' style that was to earn Robert Adam the title of 'Bob the Roman'. Adam's reputation for introducing the 'true taste for the antique' was further consolidated with the appearance of his sumptuous publication, 'The Ruins of the Palace of the Emperor Diocletian at Spalato' of 1764, which revealed the fruits of his Italian studies, before the establishment of his London practice in the late 1750s.

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