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    Sale 5281

    The Sunday Sale

    9 December 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 158

    A SET OF FOURTEEN REGENCY MAHOGANY DINING CHAIRS

    CIRCA 1815

    Price Realised  

    A SET OF FOURTEEN REGENCY MAHOGANY DINING CHAIRS
    Circa 1815
    Including an armchair, each with scrolled tablet toprail above an acanthus leaf formed lyre-shaped splat, cane panelled seat and pink velvet button-down squab with a curved apron centred by a floral roundel issuing bell-flowers, on reeded sabre legs, one chair with later front legs, two with later splats and top rails (14)


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    The general form of the chairs, with their Grecian 'tablet' rails and scrolled legs, relate to a pattern in Thomas Hope's Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1807 (pl. 26, no. 2). While their Roman drapery backs also relate to one of his sofa designs (ibid., pl. 26, no. 8). Similar legs feature on chairs, with 'tablet' rails, supplied in 1810 for Papworth Hall, Cambridge by the Bond Street cabinet-maker George Oakley (d. 1841) (see A. E. Reveirs-Hopkis, 'Sheraton Period Furniture',Old Furniture, 1928, vol. 3, p. 225, fig. 8). Similarly draped tablets appear on a suite of chairs from Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire, sold by The Earl of Hardwicke, Christie's, London, 6 July 1967, lot 66).

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