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    Sale 2090

    European Furniture, Sculpture, Works Of Art, Tapestries And Carpets

    22 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 132

    A SET OF EIGHT SOUTH EUROPEAN SCARLET-JAPANNED AND PARCEL-GILT ARMCHAIRS

    PROBABLY ITALIAN OR SPANISH, TWO 18TH CENTURY, SIX 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A SET OF EIGHT SOUTH EUROPEAN SCARLET-JAPANNED AND PARCEL-GILT ARMCHAIRS
    PROBABLY ITALIAN OR SPANISH, TWO 18TH CENTURY, SIX 19TH CENTURY
    Each with pierced foliate scrolled cresting centering a shell above a vasi-form splat decorated with a Chinoiserie vignette and flanked by caned panels and with out-scrolled arms flanking a caned seat fitted with a yellow silk damask loose cushion raised on cabriole legs joined by stretchers (8)


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    These chairs, exotically colored in Chinese red with parcel-gilding, shaped molded stretchers and caned seat, relate to one of the most celebrated suites of London furniture from the 18th century. Manufactured at the Clerkenwell workshop of Giles Grendey (d.1780), it is known as 'The Infantado Suite' from the castle of Lazcano in northern Spain. Many of the items from the widely dispersed suite are represented in major museums, such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the Metropolitan Museum, New York, Temple Newsam House, Leeds and the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia. These red-japanned chairs, in the manner of Giles Grendey (d.1780), relate to one sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 24 November 2005, lot 5.

    Provenance

    Christie's, London, The Legend of Dick Turpin, 9 March 2006, lot 47.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTION
    (LOTS 132-133)