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    Sale 7700

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    22 January 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 39

    A SET OF FOUR GEORGE II GRAINED BEECH HALL CHAIRS

    MID-18TH CENTURY

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    A SET OF FOUR GEORGE II GRAINED BEECH HALL CHAIRS
    MID-18TH CENTURY
    Each with an arched back above a cartouche-shaped pierced splat painted with the coat-of-arms of Lord Maynard bearing the motto 'MANUS JUSTA NARDUS', above a solid mahogany dished seat with a squab cushion covered in buttoned yellow velvet, on shaped arched legs joined by conforming stretchers, one chair with label to the underside inscribed in ink 'H' and three chairs with a green-bordered label inscribed in ink '7', restorations and replacements to the decoration, two chairs with replaced seats and railing
    39¼ in. (100 cm) high; 21½ in. (54.5 cm.) wide; 22 in. (56 cm.) deep (4)


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    These heraldically-charged seats were almost certainly commissioned by Charles Maynard, 6th Lord Maynard (d.1766) following his inheritance in 1745 of Easton Lodge, Essex; and are conceived as festive antiquarian 'back-stools' that are ribbon-fretted in the George II 'picturesque' fashion appropriate for the ancient familys banqueting hall seats. Their hollow-swagged seats are raised on 'folding-stool' frames, whose serpentined truss pilasters terminate in waved volutes and display escutcheon cartouches on their triumphal arched stretchers. Instead of the fashionable solid mahogany backed seat, associated with the revived Romano British court style of Inigo Jones (d. 1652), their gothic-cusped and triumphal arched backs are fretted with the scalloped and pelta-scrolled armorial escutcheons incorporated in antique 'urn' splats like the Queen Anne 'India' back parlour chairs. These escutcheons are japanned with the Maynard motto, translated as 'A sweet hand is a precious ointment , and this is inscribed on a fretted ribbon beneath the magnificent Maynard armorials.

    A related 'Hall Chair' pattern of 1759 featured in Thomas Chippendale's, Gentleman and Cabinet-maker's Director, 3rd ed., 1762, pl. 17) and in the 1750s designs of the Berkeley Square cabinet-maker William Linnell preserved at the Victoria and Albert Museum (H. Hayward & P. Kirkham, William and John Linnell, London, 1980, p. 22).

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    Provenance

    Presumably Charles Maynard, 6th Baron Maynard (1690-1775), inherited the Barony from his brother in 1745 and elevated to Viscount Maynard in 1766.
    Mrs Ralph Merton, thence by descent to the present owners.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF TWO COLLECTORS
    (LOTS 38-39)