• Christie's Interiors - Style a auction at Christies

    Sale 5681

    Christie's Interiors - Style and Spirit

    23 February 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 189

    A SET OF EIGHT GEORGE IV OAK DINING CHAIRS

    CIRCA 1825, THE DESIGN ATTRIBUTED TO RICHARD BRIDGENS FOR GEORGE BULLOCK, THE CABINET-MAKER C.MONRO

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    A SET OF EIGHT GEORGE IV OAK DINING CHAIRS
    CIRCA 1825, THE DESIGN ATTRIBUTED TO RICHARD BRIDGENS FOR GEORGE BULLOCK, THE CABINET-MAKER C.MONRO
    Each with a tablet toprail and caned panel back, above a leather seat, on turned tapering legs, all struck to the back rail 'C.MUNRO' (6)


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    The cane-backed parlour chairs are conceived in the French/antique fashion introduced in the early 19th century by George Bullock (d.1818) at his Grecian Rooms in Liverpool, and later at Tenterden Street, London, where it was lauded for its tasteful simplicity (see R. Ackermanns, Repository of Arts, 1816). Palms flower the klismos tablets of their crestings, while bas-relief medallions of Ceres paterae grace their French cabriolet backs. Such paterae were a favoured motif of Bullock, who also adopted the palm-flowered tablet for his 1806 Grecian Rooms sale advertisement (see C. Wainwright et al, George Bullock, London, 1988, p.43). The architect Richard Bridgens, who provided designs for the Bullock Workshops, is credited with the design of the firm's oak parlour chairs of related character executed in 1818 for Abbotsford, Scotland (Wainwright, ibid, no. 17). G. Bryson's brand has also been recorded on other related parlour chairs with Grecian-scrolled backs, sold Christie's King Street, 6 July 2000, lot 99.

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    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that there are six chairs in this lot and not eight as stated in the printed catalogue.