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A MATCHED PAIR OF GEORGE III BAMBOO ARMCHAIRS
A MATCHED PAIR OF GEORGE III BAMBOO ARMCHAIRS

EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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A MATCHED PAIR OF GEORGE III BAMBOO ARMCHAIRS
EARLY 19TH CENTURY
Formed from fretwork panels in various colours of bamboo, each with a square backs, stepped sides and slightly out-turned arms above a polygonal seat with a squab cushion, on eight legs joined by box stretchers, with traces of green painted decoration, slight differences in detail
39 ½ in. (101 cm.) high; 27 ½ in. (70 cm.) wide; 19 ½ in. (50 cm.) deep
Provenance
Almost certainly sold anonymously Christie's, London, 17 November 1994, lot 136 (a set of three)

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The making of such rattan furniture featured in 18th century sketch-books of Chinese trades such as that illustrated in M. Jourdain, Chinese Export Art, London, 1950, fig. 9, and related seat furniture featured in pattern books of the period such as William Chambers' Designs of Chinese Buildings, 1757. The fashion for bamboo reached its apogee when George, Prince of Wales, created the Chinese Room at Carlton House in 1790, and then in the early 19th century at the Prince's Marine Pavilion, Brighton, where craftsmen of the calibre of Elward, Marsh and Tatham of Mount Street, London, fashioned chairs and commodes simulated as bamboo (Edward T. Joy, English Furniture 1800- 1850, London, 1977, pp. 94 - 99).
Similar chairs were in the collection of Morton Gary Stuart, 17th Earl of Moray (d.1930), sold Christie's New York, 9 October 1993, lot 337. Another closely related pair, possibly from the same set as the pair offered here, was sold from the Keck Collection, Sotheby's, New York, 4 December 1991, lot 235 ($16,500 including premium).

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