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    Sale 7545

    A Town House in Mayfair

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 582

    A SCOTTISH GEORGE IV MAHOGANY AND GRAINED 'NAPOLEON' ARMCHAIR

    CIRCA 1825

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    A SCOTTISH GEORGE IV MAHOGANY AND GRAINED 'NAPOLEON' ARMCHAIR
    CIRCA 1825
    Upholstered in navy blue wool, the assymetrical arms each with a book rest, on reeded Grecian honeypot legs and brass crown patent castors


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    This comfortable form of short Grecian-scrolled sofa or chaise-longue was introduced in Paris by Jacob Frères during Napoleon's Consulat, and was described as a 'Méridienne', when featured in the Journal des dames (1833). With its 'Grecian bronze' black pillars incorporating Grecian reed-banded urns, it reflects the robust antique fashion that was particularly favoured in Scotland in the early 19th Century. In particular with its 'honeypot' turning, it relates to an ebonised Grecian sofa that was amongst the furniture commissioned in the early 1820s for Blairquhan, Scotland from the London-trained cabinet-maker James Morison following the establishment of his 'New Cabinet and Chair Manufactory' at Ayr.

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    Provenance

    Acquired from Humphrey Carrasco, London.