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A PAIR OF GEORGE II YEW WOOD HALL CHAIRS
THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR (LOTS 229-231)
A PAIR OF GEORGE II YEW WOOD HALL CHAIRS

AFTER A DESIGN BY MAYHEW AND INCE, CIRCA 1755

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A PAIR OF GEORGE II YEW WOOD HALL CHAIRS AFTER A DESIGN BY MAYHEW AND INCE, CIRCA 1755 Each pierced shaped back with ruffled cresting and central X-form element over a dished solid seat, on foliate-carved cabriole legs and pad feet, three shoulders replaced in fruitwood (2)
Provenance
with Mallett, London.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 20 October 1984, lot 206.

Lot Essay

The chairs are executed to a design published by the fashionable London cabinet-makers Mayhew and Ince in their The Universal System of Household Furniture, 1762, pl. III (reproduced here). The pattern shows three 'Hall Chairs in The Gothic Taste, the Ornaments of which, if thought too expensive, may be painted, and have a very good effect'.
Mahogany chairs of this pattern previously in the collection of Sir Geoffrey Codrington, K.C.V.O, D.S.O., Roche Court, Salisbury, Wiltshire, were sold Christie's, New York, 2 February 1980, lot 207 and later, 14 April 1984, lot 137A (illustrated in L. Synge, Mallett Millennium, 1999, p. 106, fig. 104). A further mahogany pair from Hardwicke Grange, Hadnall, Shrewsbury is illustrated in M. Harris and Sons, The English Chair, 1946, p. 148, pl. LXXVI.

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