• The William F. Reilly Collecti auction at Christies

    Sale 2273

    The William F. Reilly Collection

    14 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 114

    A PAIR OF QUEEN ANNE GILTWOOD AND SILK-EMBROIDERED SINGLE-LIGHT SCONCES

    CIRCA 1710

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    A PAIR OF QUEEN ANNE GILTWOOD AND SILK-EMBROIDERED SINGLE-LIGHT SCONCES
    CIRCA 1710
    Each shaped surround with foliage against an oyster ground surrounding a figural embroidered silk panel above a brass candlearm, regilt, brass later
    25¾ in. (65.5 cm.) high, 10¼ in. (26 cm.) wide (2)


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    Few late 17th and early 18th century wall sconces featuring embroidered panels have survived.

    A closely related gilt-gesso pair with floral-embroidered panel and carved with Prince-of-Wales feathers is illustrated in H. H. Mulliner, The Decorative Arts in England, London, 1923, fig. 61 where it was suggested that they were made for Fredreick Lewis, eldest son of George II, who was created Prince of Wales in 1729. These were later sold by Dorothy [Mrs. Geoffrey] Hart, Christie's, London, 30 October 1969, lot 96. Another single example in gilt-gesso with a pastoral panel is illustrated in L. Synge, Art of Embroidery, Woodbridge, 2001, p. 2312, fig. 223. Others with figural panels include: a pair in L. Synge, op. cit., fig. 222; a walnut-veneered pair sold Sotheby's, London, 16 November 1984, lot 44 (this pair depicting George II and Queen Caroline based on an engraving by I. Simon); another walnut pair in the Untermyer collection, illustrated in Y. Hackenbroch, English and Other Needlework Tapestries and Textiles in the Irwin Untermyer Collection, 1955, pl. 110; and a further single example illustrated in R. W. Symonds, English Furniture, New York, 1929, p. 136, fig. 83.

    Provenance

    The Estate of Marc Haas; Christie's, New York, 12-13 October 1995, lot 363 (as style).
    Bought from Clifford Wright Antiques, London, at the Grosvenor House Art and Antiques Fair, London, in 1996.


    Exhibited

    New York, Parke-Bernet Galleries, Art Treasures Exhibition, 24 May-7 June 1967, no. 229 (Mrs. and Mrs. Marc Haas; illustrated in the catalogue).