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    Sale 2154

    Important English Furniture, Clocks and Ceramics

    7 April 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 6

    A SET OF EIGHT GEORGE III MAHOGANY DINING-CHAIRS

    ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS, CIRCA 1790

    Price Realised  

    A SET OF EIGHT GEORGE III MAHOGANY DINING-CHAIRS
    ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS, CIRCA 1790
    Comprising two open armchairs and six side chairs, each pierced shield-form back carved with flowers, the concave seat covered in pink silk damask, on tapering paneled legs (8)


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    The chairs' carved heart-shaped backs and characteristic tapering lower arm supports support an attribution to Gillow, cabinet-makers of London and Lancaster. The chair back, in particular, relates to a pattern dated 1788 in the firm's archives (and reproduced here; also see L.Boynton, ed., Gillow Furniture Designs 1760-1800, 1995, pl.272).

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF THE FINE ARTS MUSEUMS OF SAN FRANCISCO,
    SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ACQUISITION FUND
    (LOTS 1-6)