• Christie's Interiors auction at Christies

    Sale 5670

    Christie's Interiors

    26 January 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 382

    A SET OF SIX GILTWOOD ARMCHAIRS

    OF GEORGE III STYLE, 19TH CENTURY

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    A SET OF SIX GILTWOOD ARMCHAIRS
    OF GEORGE III STYLE, 19TH CENTURY
    Each with a shield shaped padded back and foliate arms above a serpentine seat, upholstered in brass nailed pink leaf pattern fabric, with stop-fluted rails and rosette blocks, on turned tapering reeded and foliate legs, redecorated, minor variations (6)


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    The current lot formed part of the renowned collection assembled by the late Sir Charles Clore (1904 - 1979). Clore was a financier, retail and property magnate and philanthropist; through the Clore Foundation he was a major benefactor to charities and the arts, most notably after his death in the creation of The Clore Gallery at Tate Britain which houses the world's largest collection of works by J.M.W.Turner. Sir Charles Clore's personal collection was dispersed in a series of sales at Christie's including a highly important Collection of Works of Art by Carl Fabergé from the Collection of Sir Charles Clore, Geneva, 13 November 1985, Exceptionelle Collection de Meubles, Porcelaines et Objets d'Art de la Succession de Sir Charles Clore, Monaco, 6 December. This elegant pattern of French cabriolet chair has escutcheon backs in the Roman fashion promoted by the architect James Wyatt (d.1813), and with its antique-flutes and palm-enrichments relates closely to that introduced in 1786 for chairs supplied to Robert Peel by Gillows of London and Lancaster (see S. E. Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London, 2 vols. Woodbridge, 2008, pls. 146 and 147).

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    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium, which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
    This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage


    Provenance

    Sir Charles Clore, until sold Christie's London, 10 April 1986, lot 142.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note this lot has a revised estimate of 3000-4000 GBP