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    Sale 7700

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    22 January 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 53

    A SET OF SIX GEORGE III GREY-PAINTED AND PARCEL-GILT ARMCHAIRS

    LATE 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A SET OF SIX GEORGE III GREY-PAINTED AND PARCEL-GILT ARMCHAIRS
    LATE 18TH CENTURY
    Each with fluted medallion padded back and serpentine seat, the arms covered in later Bargello-pattern woolwork, and with fluted serpentine supports, above a fluted seat-rail, on square tapering fluted legs headed by paterae, on block feet, redecorated, pegged construction, with batten-carrying holes, minor variations
    37¼ in. (94.5 cm.) high; 24½ in. (62 cm.) wide; 18 in. (35.5 cm.) deep (6)


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    These elegant armchairs, with light French 'cabriolet' and white-painted frames, have their Roman-medallion backs enriched with golden antique-flutes like the hermed pilaster legs and the rails, whose corner tablets are sculpted with bas-relief and 'Apollo' sunflowered libation-patera. Similar chairs, also with palm-lapped arms were provided in the 1770s for the architect Robert Adam's Pantheonic rotunda at Kedleston, Derbyshire by the Berkeley Square cabinet-maker John Linnell (d.1796) (see E. Harris, The Genius of Robert Adam, London, 2001, p. 39, fig. 52).

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