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    Sale 7545

    A Town House in Mayfair

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 509

    A PAIR OF REGENCY OAK, BURR-OAK AND PARCEL-GILT SIDE CHAIRS

    CIRCA 1820

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF REGENCY OAK, BURR-OAK AND PARCEL-GILT SIDE CHAIRS
    CIRCA 1820
    Each with a scallop-shell carved back above a caned seat with purple gingham loose squab-cushion, on reeded legs and ball feet, one chair with an indistinct chalk inscription (2)


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    The chairs, with Egyptian reed-wreathed legs, are designed in the early 19th Century French/antique fashion promoted by the connoisseur Thomas Hope (d.1832) and popularised by R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts, 1810. Related chairs, with caned backs and squab-cushioned cane seats, have been associated with the manufactories of the court cabinet-makers Messrs. Morel and Seddon (see Christie's London, 22 November 2007, lot 703). They also relate to reed-enriched chairs with 'backs carved as a shell' supplied in 1811 by Messrs. Gillow of London and Lancaster to the Revd. Holland Edwards; and these in turn relate to the banqueting hall chairs of the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers (see S. E. Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London, 2 vols. Woodbridge, 2008, pl. 177; and O. Brackett, An Encyclopaedia of English Furniture, 1927, p. 282).

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    Provenance

    Acquired from James McWhirter, London.