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    Sale 5201

    Style & Spirit

    27 November 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 79

    A SET OF SIX REGENCY EBONISED AND GILT HEIGHTENED DINING CHAIRS

    BY JOHN GEE, EARLY 19TH CENTURY, LATER DECORATED,

    Price Realised  

    A SET OF SIX REGENCY EBONISED AND GILT HEIGHTENED DINING CHAIRS
    BY JOHN GEE, EARLY 19TH CENTURY, LATER DECORATED,
    Each with a toprail painted with a lion's mask and with an X-splat, with a caned seat on ring turned tapered legs, each stamped with a 'J' within a 'G', five chairs stamped 'J.S' and two with an incised 'K' (6)


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    John Gee (d.circa, 1824), became partner to Benjamin Crompton, 'Turner in ordinary to George III', around 1779. Gee was sworn in with his partner Thomas Aycliffe in 1787 but is only listed as 'Chairmaker and Turner' at 49 Wardour Street, Soho, from 1799. Few of his commissions are recorded but a number of chairs with his stamp are found, often accompanied by stamped initials probably struck by his journeymen. See C.Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture, 1700 - 1840, Leeds, 1996.

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    Provenance

    Sotheby's, London, 24th February 1995, Lot 103