• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 7746

    PARISIAN TASTE IN LONDON: A PRIVATE COLLECTION AND FURNITURE

    10 September 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 340

    A SET OF FOUR GEORGE III MAHOGANY DINING-CHAIRS

    CIRCA 1760

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A SET OF FOUR GEORGE III MAHOGANY DINING-CHAIRS
    CIRCA 1760
    Each with a waved, scroll-carved top rail and pierced gothic splat above a padded serpentine seat with yellow sprig-pattern cotton covers, on chanelled square legs with H-stretchers
    Each 38 in. (97 cm.) high; 23 in. (59 cm.) wide; 20 in. (51 cm.) deep (4)


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department

    The parlour chair displays a gothic-fretted 'Venus' shell badge, celebrating love's triumph, framed in picturesque fashion beneath a serpentined and arched cresting; and its pattern derives in part from a George II banqueting-seat issued in 1751 by the St. Martin's Lane draughtsman Matthias Darly in A New Book of Chinese, Gothic and Modern Chairs, and later reissued in Robert Manwaring's The Chair-Makers Guide, 1769. (see C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, 1978, fig. 138). The back has its ribboned splat conjoined with its pilasters in the contemporary fashion promoted by the architect James Paine; and also relates to those of a set of chairs sold Christie's, London, 28 February 1963, lot 72.

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.


    Provenance

    Nicholas Fowle, Norwich, where bought by the present owner.