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The rectangular padded seat covered in close-nailed orange velvet above a serpentine apron carved with C-scrolls and centred on the front and reverse with acanthus, on cabriole legs headed by tied acanthus, on scrolled feet carved with an acanthus cabochon, with batten carrying-holes
16 in. (42 cm.) high; 26 in. (66 cm.) wide; 20 in. (51 cm.) deep
Almost certainly supplied to Charles Powlett, 5th Duke of Bolton (d. 1765).
Sold in 1935 to William Berry, 1st Viscount Camrose (d. 1954) and by descent.

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This stool is recorded in the Bolton family collection, but it is possible that it was originally from the 5th Duke of Bolton's London house in Grosvenor Square. One stool was sold anonymousy at Sotheby's London, 5 December 1988, lot 21.
Two pairs of bergeres from this suite were sold by Lord Bolton, in these Rooms, 24 June 1965, lot 17, and what was probably a pair from that four was sold again, anonymously, in these Rooms, 19 November 1992, lot 49 and offered again at Sotheby's London, 19 November 1993, lot 74. Confirmation that they were from the same suite is provided by their variations in construction: one armchair was constructed in the solid, just the variation between lots 119 and 120 in the Hackwood house sale.
A suite of this pattern, comprising settees, armchairs and chairs, is likely to have been commissioned by Henry Herbert, 1st Earl of Powis (d. 1772), for Powis Castle, Wales or Oakly Park, Shropshire, at the time he was employing the Cheshire architect William Baker (d.1771) to carry out improvements to both properties in the 1750s (M. Hall, 'Powis Castle', Country Life, 21 October 1993, p. 891, figs. 5 and 6).

A set of eight side chairs of this model was sold from Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorkshire, in these Rooms, 11 July 1948, lot 62, and possibly the same set were sold by the Hon. Mrs. Brian Rootes, in these Rooms, 8 February 1973, lot 103. A pair of armchairs of this pattern were exhibited by Norman Adams Ltd., at the Antique Dealers' Fair in 1948 and a pair of chairs was sold anonymously at Sotheby's New York, 8-9 December 1989, lot 483. A further armchair was sold anonymously, in these Rooms, 13 November 1997, lot 69 and another from the Henle collection, Sotheby's London, 6 February 1998, lot 91.

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