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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 182

    A PAIR OF QUEEN ANNE WHITE AND POLYCHROME-JAPANNED SIDE CHAIRS

    EARLY 18TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF JOHN BALL

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF QUEEN ANNE WHITE AND POLYCHROME-JAPANNED SIDE CHAIRS
    EARLY 18TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF JOHN BALL
    Each with a pierced cresting with confronted S-scrolls, the serpentine caned back with central rectangular splat above a caned seat with a green silk velvet loose cushion, on cabriole legs joined by a serpentine H-shaped stretcher centred by a flaming urn finial, on square pad feet, both chairs inscised 'WD' on the back of the splat, restorations to the decoration, the white decoration's surface varnish discoloured to yellow
    45 in. (114.5 cm.) high; 21¼ in. (54 cm.) wide; 21 in. (53.5 cm.) deep


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    This caned back Queen Anne 'India' patterned parlour chair was adopted for the trade-sign of the 'Cane Chair' manufacturer John Ball, while trading at 'The Crown and Three Chairs' in the Minories, near Little Tower Hill in the City of London. It also appears on John Ball's trade-sheet, with the advertisement that he: 'Makes and Sells all Sorts of Cane Chairs, Silk Chairs, Leather Chairs, Matted Chairs and Couches'. The present chairs have serpentine frames with stretched-tied and truss-pilaster legs, which were described in 1715 as the 'newest fashion, when the Court upholsterer Thomas Phill of the Strand supplied related chairs for Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire. East India Company influence is also demonstrated by another suite of Phill's related cane-seated parlour chairs, listed in the Parlour in the 1717 Canons Ashby inventory. The latter featured the serpentine back with central 'Chinese' fashioned ribbon splat; in the manner of a red-japanned chair that entered the Victoria and Albert Museum collection in 1938 (A. Bowett, 'Myths of English Furniture History: The Queen Anne Chair', Antique Collecting, June 2000, pp. 10-14, figs. 3, 4 and 5). The japanned ornament, in the manner of trompe l'oeil lacquer, is executed in the method described in J. Stalker and G. Parker, A Treatise of Japanning and Varnishing, Oxford, 1688.

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    Provenance

    With Malletts.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY


    Literature

    L. Synge, Mallet's Great English Furniture, London, 1991, fig. 62.