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    Sale 7663

    Fasque The Scottish Seat of the Gladstones

    7 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 140

    A REGENCY ORMOLU-MOUNTED EBONISED SOFA

    CIRCA 1815, ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS

    Price Realised  

    A REGENCY ORMOLU-MOUNTED EBONISED SOFA
    CIRCA 1815, ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS
    With reeded frame, lacking squab cushions
    90 in. (228.6 cm.) wide


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    The Grecian sofa, japanned bronze-black, was designed in the early l9th Century French/antique fashion for the Library; and has golden flowered bas-reliefs embellishing the wave-scrolled volutes on its arms, which are hollowed for a French squab and pillow-cushions. With its reeded ornament, flowered tablets, and scrolled feet, it relates to an 1805 'parlour chair' pattern in Thomas Sheraton's, Cabinet Encyclopaedia, 1808 (pl. 10).

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    Provenance

    Probably acquired by Sir John Gladstone for Seaforth House, Liverpool.


    Literature

    Possibly 1851 Inventory, Library, 'Sofa - £5.0.0'