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    Sale 7627

    Dealing in Excellence: A Celebration of Hotspur and Jeremy

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 44

    A SET OF FOUR GEORGE III MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIRS

    CIRCA 1760

    Price Realised  

    A SET OF FOUR GEORGE III MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIRS
    CIRCA 1760
    Each with shaped padded back and seat covered in close-nailed yellow silk damask cover, above a foliate-carved seat-rail, centred by a cabochon, on leaf-carved cabriole legs and scroll feet, the backs restored to their original profile, with solid mahogany front and side-rails, minor variations in carving.
    38¾ in. (98.5 cm.) high; 24¼ in. (61.5 cm.) wide; 26½ in. (67.5 cm.) deep (4)


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    These beautifully sculpted and serpentined Drawing Room chairs, with Roman triumphal arched backs, are designed in the George II 'French' fashion promoted by Thomas Chippendale's, Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, 1754. Their 'picturesque' antique and flute-hollowed frames, being intended no doubt for damask upholstery enwreathed by Roman acanthus foliage, fuse the Earth and Water Elements; and are wrapped by 'Pan' reeds and acanthus; while their truss-scrolled pilaster legs terminate in wave-scrolled and water-bubbled cartouches. Four chairs of this set, formerly in the possession of Messrs Phillips of Hitchin Ltd., are likely to have been acquired on the advice of the celebrated furniture historian R. W. Symonds by H. J. (Jim) Joel (d.1978) for Childwick Bury, Hertfordshire in the mid-20th century (see M. Jourdain and F. Rose, English Furniture: The Georgian Period, London, 1963, fig. 34 and sold by H. J. Joel, Esq., Childwick Bury, Hertfordshire, Christie's house sale, 15 May 1978, lot 67). A pair of chairs of this pattern, but with altered backs, was acquired in 1939 from Frank Partridge & Sons, Ltd by Sir Henry Price (see Capt. W. Llewellyn-Amos, 'Wakehurst Place', The Antique Collector, January-February 1943, p.5). An armchair of this pattern is in the Victoria & Albert Museum (D. Fitz-Gerald, Georgian Furniture in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 1969, pl. 102).

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    Literature

    M. Jourdain and F. Rose, English Furniture: The Georgian Period 1750-1830, London, 1953, p. 73, fig. 34.