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    Sale 2154

    Important English Furniture, Clocks and Ceramics

    7 April 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 159


    CIRCA 1710

    Price Realised  

    CIRCA 1710
    The oval seat with contemporary gros- and petit-point silk and wool floral upholstery, on tapering turned legs with lappet-carved knees and pad feet, joined by an X-form stretcher with a lotus leaf
    17½ in. (44.5 cm.) high, 19¼ in. (49 cm.) wide, 15 in. (38 cm.) deep

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    The pair to this stool is illustrated in R. W. Symonds's Masterpieces of English Furniture and Clocks, London, 1940, fig. 10 and sold, the Property of a Lady, Sotheby's, London, 6 July 1956, lot 130 (purchased by Partridge).

    The unusual and distinctive lotus leaf ornament on the stretchers is derived from contemporary 'Indian' or Japanese and Chinese lacquer cabinets-on-stands whose stands often display a lotus-leaf ornament. Armchairs with this feature include: one from the estate of David Berg, sold Christie's, New York, 21 October 1999, lot 20; another illustrated in L. Synge, Mallett Millennium, London, 1999, p. 58, fig. 56; and a pair with strapwork marquetry and straight stretchers sold from a New England collection, Christie's, New York, 13 April 2000, lot 25 and possibly attributable to the chair-maker Henry Williams (fl. 1717-58) (see L. Wood, The Upholstered Furniture in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, 2008, vol. I, pp. 224, fig. 145).


    The Estate of Marjorie Wiggin Prescott; Christie's, New York, 31 January 1981, lot 327.
    Bought from Mallett, London, 20 November 1984.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the lotus leaf is later.


    L. Synge, Mallett's Great English Furniture, London, 1991, p. 48, fig. 42