A SET OF FOUR REGENCY MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIRS
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A SET OF FOUR REGENCY MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIRS

AFTER A DESIGN BY THOMAS HOPE, CIRCA 1810-1820

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A SET OF FOUR REGENCY MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIRS
AFTER A DESIGN BY THOMAS HOPE, CIRCA 1810-1820
Each with strigulated tablet back and reeded rails with urn finials, blue linen re-upholstered padded seats supported on turned and reeded tapering front legs and sabre legs to the back, one with paper label inscribed in ink 'MR COX'S', restorations
36½ in. (93 cm.) high; 19¼ in. (49 cm.); 17½ in. (44.5 cm.) deep (4)
Provenance
By repute supplied to John Cox, Olivers, Painswick, Gloucester circa 1820-30.
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Lot Essay

These Regency chairs are related to designs in the Greek revival taste for armchairs illustrated in Thomas Hope's (d. 1831) Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1807, plate XX, numbers 3 and 4. The pattern was described by Hope as 'after the manner of the ancient curule chairs' (Ed. David Watkin, Philip Hewat-Jaboor, Thomas Hope Regency Designer, New Haven and London, 2008, pp. 398-399, no. 79). A similar cross-framed armchair designed by Hope and belonging to the Edward James Foundation is on loan to the Royal Pavilion, Brighton (Thomas Hope, Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, reprinted New York, 1971, p xi, fig. 6). Another example of the armchair is illustrated in Frances Collard, Regency Furniture, London, 1985, p.98, and again in Thomas Hope Regency Designer, p.399. A comparable armchair sold Bonham's, London, 29 June 2004, lot 152 (£19,120 including premium). A 'John Cox' is recorded in 1814 as a clothier and mill owner who lived and worked at Olivers in Painswick, and these chairs were possibly supplied to this wealthy mill owner in the early 19th century (Gloucestershire County Record Office, MSS D1181/2/5).

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