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A PAIR OF ANGLO-INDIAN EBONY CANED PLANTER'S ARMCHAIRS, each with arched tablet-toprail centred by a stylised flowerhead and with stiff-leaf terminals, with scrolled caned back and seat and scrolled arms, on naturalistic legs headed by ropetwist and gadrooning and on stylised claw-and-ball feet, both with pressed copper label M 289, 19th Century (2)

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A PAIR OF ANGLO-INDIAN EBONY CANED PLANTER'S ARMCHAIRS, each with arched tablet-toprail centred by a stylised flowerhead and with stiff-leaf terminals, with scrolled caned back and seat and scrolled arms, on naturalistic legs headed by ropetwist and gadrooning and on stylised claw-and-ball feet, both with pressed copper label M 289, 19th Century (2)
Provenance
The late Edward James, Esq., West Dean Park, Sussex, sold Christie's house sale, 2-6 June 1986, lot 434

Lot Essay

The chairs are of Grecian klismos form with a voluted-arm pattern that became popular in the 1820s, while the Ionic volutes of their tablet crest-rails relate to the type illustrated by Richard Brown in his Rudiments of Drawing Cabinet and Upholstery Furniture, 1822. The chairs with their bacchic lion-feet relate to a pair of Indian engraved ivory chairs displayed in the Curzon Room at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, and illustrated N. Antram, Kedleston Hall, Over Wallop, 1988, p. 55.
These armchairs formed part of the exotic furnishings assembled at Monkton House, Sussex, during the 1930s by Edward James (d. 1982)
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