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    Sale 7813

    Glin Castle - A Knight in Ireland

    7 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 18

    A PAIR OF IRISH GEORGE II SIDE CHAIRS

    CIRCA 1750

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF IRISH GEORGE II SIDE CHAIRS
    CIRCA 1750
    Each with a pierced vertical vase-shaped splat, the drop-in seat covered in green cotton damask, on carved cabriole legs joined by an H-shaped stretcher, on paw feet
    38½ in. (98 cm.) high; 22 in. (56 cm.) wide; 21¾ in. (55 cm.) deep (2)


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    This pair of mahogany dining-chairs has a pierced splat in a design that was popular in Ireland. The splat is in the shape of an antique Roman vase, the piercing above intended to imitate fluting. 'Roman' acanthus folds over the top of the chair and ornaments each corner, the tops of the legs and the 'fetlocks' above the feet. The legs are joined by a flattened H-shaped serpentine stretcher typical of Irish chairs of this period - long after technical innovation allowed for English chairs of the same date to be constructed without stretchers. Interestingly, this same splat design appears on a mahogany open armchair now at Malahide Castle, Co. Dublin (see Irish Furniture, p. 107, fig. 136).

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    Literature

    Glin & Peill, Irish Furniture, 2007, p. 106, fig. 135.