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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 135

    A PAIR OF WILLIAM IV OAK STOOLS

    BY RICHARD PENN, CIRCA 1835

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF WILLIAM IV OAK STOOLS
    BY RICHARD PENN, CIRCA 1835
    Each with rectangular dished solid seat with fluted scroll terminals with patera caps, above a fluted seat-rail with crosses at the corners, on fluted tapering legs
    21 in. (53.5 cm.) high; 30 in. (76 cm.) wide; 18½ in. (47 cm.) deep (2)


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    The 7th Earl records in his 'collected Traditions of the Mansion & Estate' of 1855 that these stools 'were carved by Richard Penn Esqre for the 6th Earl of Shaftsberry'. Richard Penn (1784-1863), great-grandson of William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, was employed at the Colonial Office. Penn was also an author, writing on varied subjects as ciphering, angling, shooting and chess.
    Two pairs of stools part of the original St. Giles House set were sold anonymously, Christie's London, 26 April 2007, lots 334 and 335 (£9,600 & £10,200 respectively, including premium); two further pairs were sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 13 September 2007, lots 1177 & 1178 (£18,500 & £20,900 respectively, including premium).

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    Provenance

    Supplied to Cropley Ashley Cooper, 6th Earl of Shaftesbury (1768-1851), St Giles's House, Wimborne St Giles, Dorset and by descent until sold by
    Anthony Ashley Cooper, 10th Earl of Shaftesbury (1938-2004), St Giles's House, Dorset, 'Highly Important English Furniture from St Giles's House', Christie's, London, 26 June 1980, part of lots 28-30.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN