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    Sale 5444

    Town & Country Perspectives - The Charles Plante Collection

    4 June 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 34

    A PAIR OF WILLIAM IV ROSEWOOD LIBRARY BERGERES

    ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS, CIRCA 1830

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    A PAIR OF WILLIAM IV ROSEWOOD LIBRARY BERGERES
    Attributed to Gillows, Circa 1830
    Each with a scrolled top rail above a curved back, arms and seat, covered in green leather and button-down squab cushion on reeded turned tapering legs, 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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    Provenance

    The Aspinall Curzon Club, Mayfair, London.