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    Sale 7524

    Turin London Corfu The Collection of Giorgio Marsan and Umberta Nasi

    12 - 13 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 98

    A SET OF SIX CHINESE-EXPORT SOLID PADOUK ARMCHAIRS

    MID-18TH CENTURY

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    A SET OF SIX CHINESE-EXPORT SOLID PADOUK ARMCHAIRS
    MID-18TH CENTURY
    Each with open spindle back and pierced waved top rail, square arms with scroll terminals above a padded drop-in seat covered in blue repp, on square legs joined by stretchers, the legs joined by skids, previously with castors, three drop-in seat frames original, with Roman numerals up to VI, one chair with two fragmentary labels inscribed '20', minor variations in size, the underside with Chinese characters
    33½ in. (85 cm.) high; 24½ in. (62 cm.) wide; 21 in. (53 cm.) deep (6)


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    Chairs of distinctive English design were often produced by Far Eastern manufactories, the designs being delivered to Chinese workshops for construction in exotic hard woods such as padouk, rather than traditional walnut or mahogany.
    A chair of this pattern is in the Library at Sherborne Castle, Dorset and may have been supplied by the Golden Square cabinet-makers Mayhew and Ince, who invoiced Henry, 1st Earl Digby for furniture in 1763. The Gothic fret-pattern in the toprail corresponds to patterns published in Mayhew and Ince's Universal System of Household Furniture, 1762 ('Voiders' pl. 15). The chair pattern is also associated with functional hall furniture and a related set of mahogany chairs with pierced crestings is found on 'sleigh' chairs of the mid-18th Century in the Lower Hall at Houghton Hall, Norfolk (E. Moore, (ed.), Houghton Hall, The Prime Minister, The Empress and The Heritage, London, 1996, pp. 92-93). The rails attached to the underside of the legs are to prevent the chair from sinking into the ground, when taken outdoors.

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    Provenance

    With Jeremy Ltd., London.