THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN (Lots 64-65)
A SET OF TWENTY-FOUR REGENCY ROSEWOOD DINING-CHAIRS, each with rectangular back and scrolled toprail with flowerhead terminals and carved with palmettes, with flanking flowerhead-finials, the padded rectangular back and seat covered in various orange and striped upholstery, ten lacking seat-upholstery and one lacking seat and back upholstery, seven stamped B, three seat-rails re-supported and one replaced, one seatrail inscribed in pencil F Tebay (24)

Details
A SET OF TWENTY-FOUR REGENCY ROSEWOOD DINING-CHAIRS, each with rectangular back and scrolled toprail with flowerhead terminals and carved with palmettes, with flanking flowerhead-finials, the padded rectangular back and seat covered in various orange and striped upholstery, ten lacking seat-upholstery and one lacking seat and back upholstery, seven stamped B, three seat-rails re-supported and one replaced, one seatrail inscribed in pencil F Tebay (24)
Provenance
Almost certainly supplied to Peter, 5th Earl Cowper, Panshanger, Hertfordshire
Thence by descent
Literature
'Panshanger', Country Life, 11 January 1936, p. 42, fig. 13

Lot Essay

This remarkable set of dining-chairs with 'cippus-altar' backs and palmette-enriched scrolled crestings reflect the French style introduced by C. Percier and P. Fontaine's Receuil de Décorations Intérieures of 1801. The set is likely to have been commissioned by the 5th Earl Cowper (d.1836) as part of his aggrandisement of the house which took place following his marriage in 1815 to the Hon. Emily Lamb. His architect was William Atkinson (d.1839), who was involved at that tiome with the remodelling of the Deepdene, Surrey, for Thomas Hope (d.1831), the connoisseur and author. Cowper's art collection much impressed Waagen, who visited in 1835, but the marked French character of these chairs is very rare in England. It is possible that in place of the usual leather, the original upholstery was the fashionable French velvet.
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