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A PAIR OF GEORGE IV SIMULATED-BAMBOO SETTEES
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A PAIR OF GEORGE IV SIMULATED-BAMBOO SETTEES

FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY

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A PAIR OF GEORGE IV SIMULATED-BAMBOO SETTEES
First half 19th Century
Each with tablet toprail decorated with musical trophies and scrolling foliage above an X-frame splat, the curved arms above a padded squab cushion covered in pale-blue and white printed cotton, above a bowed seat-rail, on turned tapering legs with ceramic castors, redecorated
57 in. (145 cm.) wide (2)
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Lot Essay

In The Cabinet Dictionary, 1803 Thomas Sheraton described bamboo as 'a kind of reed, which in the east is used for chairs. These are, in some degree, imitated in England, by turning beech into the same form'. A related pattern for a 'bamboo' settee, with X-railed back, features in a Gillows' Sketch Book dating from around 1805 (G. Walkling, Antique Bamboo Furniture, London, 1979, fig. 26).
A pair of similar settees, with the same foliate japanning but tablet-shaped top rails, was sold anonymously, Sotheby's London, 1 June 2001, lot 337. The same japanning features on a related pair of settees sold anonymously, Christie's New York, 19 April 1991, lot 279.
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