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    Sale 5746

    The Roger Warner Collection - Part I

    20 - 21 January 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 74

    A PAIR OF QUEEN ANNE WALNUT HIGH BACK CHAIRS

    CIRCA 1705

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    A PAIR OF QUEEN ANNE WALNUT HIGH BACK CHAIRS
    CIRCA 1705
    Upholstered in contemporary gros-point floral needlework, the cabriole legs with overscrolled feet and joined by wavy stretchers
    46 in. (117 cm.) high (2)


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    The chairs have triumphal arched backs and Roman truss-scrolled pilaster legs, that terminate in wave-scrolled volutes. The latter are associated with the contemporary 'India' [Chinese] fashion, as recorded parlour chairs inventoried in 1717 at Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire (see A. Bowett, Some Chinese Influences on Early Georgian Furniture, Antique Collector, July 2007, pp.4-7, fig 7). Similar legs feature on an India caned chair in the National Museum of Ireland, that was formerly in the possession of the Rev. Henry Goldsmith, brother of Oliver Goldsmith (d.1774) (see The Knight of Glin and James Peill, Irish Furniture, London, 2007, p.206 fig. 8).

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    Provenance

    The Smyth family, Ashton Court, Bristol.
    Purchased by Roger Warner in 1947.