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    Sale 5971

    An English Look - Robert Kime, Piers von Westenholz, David Bedale and James Graham-Stewart

    8 July 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 71

    A SUITE OF GEORGE III CREAM-PAINTED SEAT FURNITURE

    CIRCA 1800

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    A SUITE OF GEORGE III CREAM-PAINTED SEAT FURNITURE
    CIRCA 1800
    Comprising a sofa and four armchairs, each decorated with ebonised lines, with caned back, sides and seat, two sofa cushions inscribed in pen 'Mr Ayres-Clarke', decoration refreshed, two chairs stamped 'I.R.'
    The sofa - 70½ in. (179 cm.) wide (5)


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    This elegant suite of French-fashioned cabriolet chairs, with Grecian crestings, are designed in the antique fashion associated with the Paris-trained chair-maker Francois Herve (d.1796) under the direction of Henry Holland (d.1806), architect to George IV, when Prince of Wales. A closely related armchair is thought to have formed part of the furnishings of Claremont, Surrey, which was at various times the home of Princess Charlotte (d.1817), and Prince Leopold (d.1865) as well as of Queen Marie-Amelie (d.1866) and the Duchess of Albany (d.1922) (see O. Brackett and H. Clifford Smith, English Furniture Illustrated, London, 1950, p.224).

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