• A Cabinet of Curiosities Selec auction at Christies

    Sale 2393

    A Cabinet of Curiosities Selections from the Peter Tillou Collections

    28 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 126

    A WILLIAM AND MARY BLACK-AND-GILT JAPANNED SIDE CHAIR

    CIRCA 1685

    Price Realised  

    A WILLIAM AND MARY BLACK-AND-GILT JAPANNED SIDE CHAIR
    CIRCA 1685
    The scrolled back centered with a pierced crown and flanked by finials above a scrolled caned splat flanked by baluster-turned stiles over a caned seat and scrolled front legs joined by block and ring-turned stretchers, the whole decorated with gilt foliate sprays, the front stretcher with journeyman's stamp 'RD,' the decoration largely original


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    Though the maker 'RG' is as yet unidentified, caned chairs were frequently stamped with the initials of the journeymen that made them. These stamps are often in multiple locations and suggest that these journeymen were paid by the piece rather than at a set salary. Caned chairs appeared in England after the Restoration and were a result of the import of cheap rattan from Asia, often used to secure cargo. This form became instantly popular as an inexpensive alternative to upholstered furniture and was praised for its 'Durableness, Lightness and Cleanness from Dust, Worms and Moths, which inseperably attend Turkey-work, Serge and other stuff chairs and couches' (A. Bowett, English Furniture from Charles II to Queen Anne, Woodbridge, 2002, p. 84).

    Two closely related examples in private collections, with the same thick scrolls flanking a crown as well as a double paneled caned back, are illustrated in A. Bowett, (op. Cit p~98-99.)