• The Sunday Sale - Property fro auction at Christies

    Sale 5974

    The Sunday Sale - Property from the Academy of Medical Sciences, removed from 41 Portland Place, W1 and The Robert Harling Collection

    13 September 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 53

    A PAIR OF WILLIAM IV MAHOGANY LIBRARY BERGERES

    CIRCA 1830

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF WILLIAM IV MAHOGANY LIBRARY BERGERES
    CIRCA 1830
    Each with a scrolled toprail above a curved back, arms and seat, covered in vinyl and squab cushion on faceted tapering legs with brass caps and castors (2)


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    Reflecting the Regency and George IV classical style encouraged by the publications of Thomas Hope (1769-1831), George Smith and others, these elegant library fireside armchairs have Grecian lyre-scrolled frames evoking the poetry-diety Apollo. Related patterns for 'bergere' chairs appear in a drawing room elevation among Gillows' early 19th century watercolours for room elevations in the Victoria and Albert Museum (E.47-1952). The chairs in the watercolours have reading arms, as described in Gillows' 1813 Memorandum for the pair of related bergeres supplied to William Powlett, 2nd Baron Bolton (d. 1850), for Hackwood Park, Hampshire (sold Christie's House Sale, 20-22 April 1998, lot 55)

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    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
    This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage


    Provenance

    Supplied by Green & Abbott Ltd., Wigmore Street, London 31 December 1950 for £76 10.