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    Sale 5971

    An English Look - Robert Kime, Piers von Westenholz, David Bedale and James Graham-Stewart

    8 July 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 150


    CIRCA 1810

    Price Realised  


    CIRCA 1810
    Decorated on leather with Oriental courtly figures on a terrace with a pagoda, the outswept ends and frieze with foliate and flower-filled cartouches, upholstered in pale green-striped cotton, with a buttoned squab-cushion and two bolsters, on gilded lion paw feet
    39 in. (99 cm.) high; 90 in. (229 cm.) wide; 31 in. (79 cm.) deep

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    The Grecian couch relates to a chaise longue pattern in George Smith's Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1808, (pl.65). Smith, who noted that such seats were 'admissible in Drawing Rooms, Boudoirs, Parlo[u]rs or Dressing Rooms', also illustrated an elegant Drawing Room decorated in related Chinese taste (pl. 149). Smith advertised himself as Upholder to George IV, when Prince of Wales, and the latter's Marine Pavilion, Brighton was furnished around 1808 with a related Chinese cabinet with griffin feet (see M. Jourdain, Regency Furniture, London, 1965, fig. 48).
    The painted decoration also relates to the work of the Prince of Wales' designers John and Frederick Crace who supervised the work at Brighton Pavilion and supplied designs for its interiors and furniture.

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