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    Sale 7727

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    4 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 79

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III MAHOGANY OPEN ARMCHAIRS

    CIRCA 1760

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III MAHOGANY OPEN ARMCHAIRS
    CIRCA 1760
    Each with a serpentine rectangular padded back, arms and seat covered in fawn suede, with channelled scrolled arms and cabriole legs with scrolled feet, previously with castors, small losses and replacements to the carving, one chair with indistinct pencil inscription to the seat rail, minor variations in detail commensurate with a large suite
    38 in. (96.5 cm.) high; Chair G 28½ in. (72.5 cm.) wide, Chair H 28 in. (71 cm.) wide; 24¾ in. (63 cm.) deep (2)


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    There were three different but very similar types of 'French elbow chair' supplied to the 5th Duke of Bolton in the early 1760s and traceable in contemporary inventories. No distinction was made between the three different types. All three types of chair were of the same quite small size with serpentine crest-rails and cabriole legs. These are the most ornate type, which were not represented in the Hackwood house sale, however two pairs were later sold by the Executors of the 2nd Viscount Camrose, in these Rooms, 15 April 1999, lots 74-75 (each pair sold for £40,000 including premium); and another pair (the preceding lot to the present pair in the July 1999 sale) was sold from the same source, in these Rooms, 8 July 1999, lot 57 (£243,500).
    The pair being offered here have serpentine aprons. This is a very distinctive feature and corresponds to a much more ornate set of chairs supplied by Thomas Chippendale for Dumfries House in 1759 (C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, London, 1978, vol. II, p. 86, pl. 139). Others of this Bolton Tabley model were sold in these Rooms, 24 February 1994, lot 189; Phillips London, 24 February 1994, lot 71; and a side chair was sold by David Style, Esq., Wateringbury Place, Kent, Christie's house sale, 1-2 June 1978, lot 549.

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    Provenance

    Supplied to Charles Powlett, 5th Duke of Bolton (d. 1765), Hackwood Park, Hampshire as part of a suite, and by descent at Hackwood.
    Sold in 1935 to William Berry, 1st Viscount Camrose (d. 1954) and by descent.
    Anonymous sale [The Property of a Nobleman], Christie's, London, 8 July 1999, lot 58.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN