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    Sale 7540

    A House on the Wiltshire Downs

    6 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 43

    A SET OF EIGHT WILLIAM IV MAHOGANY DINING-CHAIRS

    CIRCA 1835, PROBABLY IRISH

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    A SET OF EIGHT WILLIAM IV MAHOGANY DINING-CHAIRS
    CIRCA 1835, PROBABLY IRISH
    Each upholstered in close-nailed dark green buttoned oil-cloth, with a waisted back on turned legs, the seat-rail of one branded 'Mullen Bros. Auctioneers and Valuers Oldcastle - Co. Meath' (8)


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    These comfortable chairs reflect the robust early 19th Century French/Grecian fashion with Ionic-scrolled tablet rails and 'Pan' reeded and urn-capped columnar legs. They typify the George IV fashion, driven by the Wyatt dynasty of architects through cabinet-makers and upholsters such as Messrs. Gillows of London and Lancaster. The back's Grecian-scrolled uprights feature on a pattern for an 'elegant antique' or 'Roman' chair pattern with accompanying 'Grecian footstool' in R. Ackermann's 1810 Repository of the Arts. They were considered appropriate for a variety of rooms and were intended to be executed in mahogany, or else japanned and gilded en suite with the other furniture.

    A very similar set of eight chairs sold from the Collection of the Marquis and Marquise de Ravenel, Christie's London, 21 & 22 November 2007, lot 44, for £16,000.

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