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    Sale 5936

    The Country House Sale - Property of the 14th Earl of Kintore & The Collection of the Late Bernard Lyons, C.B.E.

    18 March 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 29

    A SET OF SIX SCOTTISH GEORGE II MAHOGANY DINING-CHAIRS

    IN THE MANNER OF GILES GRENDEY, MID-18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

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    A SET OF SIX SCOTTISH GEORGE II MAHOGANY DINING-CHAIRS
    IN THE MANNER OF GILES GRENDEY, MID-18TH CENTURY
    Each with a ladder-back, above a close-nailed green leather padded seat, on square legs joined by stretchers
    37½ in. (95 cm.) high; 22¼ in. (56.5 cm.) wide; 23¼ in. (59 cm.) deep (6)


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    The ladder-back design of these chairs relate to a set of six walnut side chairs, originally with rush-filled seats, supplied circa 1745 for Newport Church, Essex, by Giles Grendey (d. 1780), the celebrated St John's Square, Clerkenwell cabinetmaker. One of these walnut chairs bears Grendey's shorter trade label (C. Gilbert, The Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture, Leeds, 1996, p. 242, fig. 436). A related set of ladder-back chairs was supplied to William Ilbert of Bowringsleigh, Devon by Elizabeth Hutt & Son of St. Paul's Churchyard in 1739, forming a suite with two settees, recorded on the same invoice (S. Jervis, 'A suite of Seat Furniture at Bowringsleigh', Furniture History, Vol. XXIC, 1993, p.38-39). Both sets illustrate that ladder-back chairs originated from sophisticated London cabinet-making firms, as well as regional makers with whom they are often more closely associated.

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