• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 7700

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    22 January 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 54

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

    LATE 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A SET OF SIX GEORGE III GREY-PAINTED AND PARCEL-GILT SIDE CHAIRS
    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, the side chairs covered in a pink-orange velvet, 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)


    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

    These elegant side chairs, en suite with the previous 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).

    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.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF THE LATE LORD AND LADY ILIFFE OF BASILDON PARK
    (LOTS 53-54)