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A PAIR OF GEORGE III GILTWOOD OPEN ARMCHAIRS

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A PAIR OF GEORGE III GILTWOOD OPEN ARMCHAIRS

CIRCA 1765, ATTRIBUTED TO MAYHEW & INCE

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A PAIR OF GEORGE III GILTWOOD OPEN ARMCHAIRS CIRCA 1765, ATTRIBUTED TO MAYHEW & INCE Each with cartouche-shaped padded back, part-padded arms and serpentine padded seat, covered in blue foliate silk damask, the channelled back surmounted by an oval patera issuing acanthus husks draped around circular paterae, the serpentine arms with scroll terminals and interlaced husk trails, above a serpentine seatrail centred by a floral spray, on leaf-headed fluted tapering legs and leaf wrapped and gadrooned pinched feet, regilt, later blocks, minor variations in carving, with lime rails (2)
Provenance
Acquired from Mallett, London, 1970.
Literature
The Connoisseur, July 1969, p. XXXVIII (trade advertisement for Mallett).
The Antique Dealers' Fair Catalogue, June 1970, no. 4.
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Lot Essay

This handsome pair of drawing-room chairs have serpentined cartouche backs in the French 'cabriolet' fashion introduced in the 1760s by cabinet-makers such as John Cobb (d. 1788), and later engraved in T. Malton's Compleat Treatise on Perspective, 1775 (pl. 33, fig. 131). The arched crests of their reeded and antique-fluted frames celebrate lyric poetry with laurel-festooned Roman medallions displaying 'Apollo' sunflowers. More laurels issue from Roman acanthus cartouches on the arms and centres and corners of the seat-rails; while foliage wreathing the columnar legs includes triumphal palms. Such laurelled medallions and richly carved legs appear around 1769 on tables designed by Matthias Lock Junior, author of A New Book of Foliage, 1769 and A New Book of Pier-Frames, Ovals, Gerandoles, Tables etc., 1769 (P. Ward-Jackson, English Furniture Designs, London, 1958, figs. 252-253).
Similar palm-wreathed legs, accompanying sunflowered tablets, feature on drawing room chairs supplied in 1773 for Northumberland House, London and bearing the name of the Soho cabinet-maker and upholsterer James Cullen (d. 1779) (C. Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1660-1840, Leeds, 1996, figs. 267 and 268).
A closely related chair, with frame enriched with ribbon-guilloche, forms part of the Marquess of Hertford's collection at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire (English Life Publications Ltd, Ragley Hall, 1993, p. 11).
A chair of the present pattern in the possession of J. D. Phillips is illustrated in H. Cescinsky, English Furniture of the Eighteenth Century, vol. III, 1909, fig. 245). A bergere of this pattern was on the Art Market in the early 1990s. A settee of this pattern, but with upholstered cresting, was in the collection of Arthur Hill at Denton Hall, Yorkshire (C. Hussey, 'Denton Hall', Country Life, 4 November 1939, p. 471, fig. 4).

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