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    Sale 7713

    Furniture & Clocks

    23 April 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 140

    A REGENCY MAHOGANY BERGERE

    CIRCA 1810, ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS

    Price Realised  

    A REGENCY MAHOGANY BERGERE
    CIRCA 1810, ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS
    With curved back and channelled frame, the caned seat and back fitted with floral cushions, on reeded tapering legs, with brass caps and castors stamped 'B S & P Patent' beneath a crown, possibly originally with a reading-rest
    38½ in. (98 cm.) high; 26½ in. (67.5 cm.) wide; 26 in. (66 cm.) deep


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    Designed in the early 19th Century 'antique' style, this 'library reading-chair' is appropriately serpentined in lyre form alluding to that of an Apollo chair illustrated by Thomas Sheraton in his Cabinet Encyclopaedia, 1807, pl. 10. Messrs. Gillow, in their Estimate Sketch Books for 1803 and 1807, variously refer to this form of bergère as 'Ashburnham' and 'Uxbridge', after one supplied to Henry Bayly, 1st Earl of Uxbridge. Related library bergères were supplied to Jonas Langford-Brooke for Mere Hall, Cheshire (anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 4 July 2002, lot 153) while others at Broughton Hall were invoiced by Gillows in 1811-13 (illustrated in C. Hussey, English Country Houses: Late Georgian, Glasgow, 1958, p. 95, fig. 166).

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    Provenance

    Acquired from Christopher Howe, London.