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    Sale 7631

    Important European Furniture & Sculpture

    4 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 43

    A PAIR OF PORTUGUESE GILTWOOD FAUTEUILS

    ATTRIBUTED TO SILVESTRE DE FARIA LOBO, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF PORTUGUESE GILTWOOD FAUTEUILS
    ATTRIBUTED TO SILVESTRE DE FARIA LOBO, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    The cartouche-shaped back, padded armrests and seat covered with striped brown velvet, the toprail with foliate trails flanked by Greek key uprights, the arm supports with upswept acanthus above square tapering legs surmounted by tasselled hung capitals, on upswept foliate sabots, each with spurious stamp 'N. HEURTAUT' to the front rail
    36½ in. (93 cm.) high; 67 in. (26.5 cm.) wide; 27 in. (68.5 cm.) deep (2)


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    These impressive neoclassical fauteuils are not only intriguing by their bold stylistic decoration but also by the unusually rich character of the carved ornamentation. They are related to an armchair in the Palace of Queluz in Lisbon which has been attributed to one of the foremost Portuguese craftsmen, Silvestre de Faria Lôbo (A.C. Pinto, Cadeiras Portuguesas, Lisbon, 1952, fig.232, pl. CXI) and another closely related and similarly richly carved pair of fauteuils was sold at Sothebys, London, 10 June 1994, lot 97.

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