A PAIR OF GEORGE III MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIRS
A PAIR OF GEORGE III MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIRS

CIRCA 1765

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A PAIR OF GEORGE III MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIRS
Circa 1765
Each serpentine back above an arched pierced splat with C-scroll base, the stiles carved with foliate scrolls and arches, the padded cut-velvet seat on cabriole legs carved with foliate cabochons and with scrolled toes (2)
Provenance
Acquired from Jeremy, Ltd., London (illustrated in the Grosvenor House Fair Handbook, 1990).

Lot Essay

These elaborately conceived chairs correspond to patterns published in the third edition of Thomas Chippendale's Director (pl.X-XIII) and dated 1753-1761 as well as 'Parlour Chair' patterns published by rival cabinet-makers/designers John Mayhew and William Ince in Universal System of Household Furniture, 1762, plates IX and X. The design most closely relates to a pen and ink drawing executed by Chippendale for the third edition of the Director as reproduced in P. Ward-Jackson, English Furniture Designs of the Eighteenth Century, London, 1958, pl.100. The chairs are predominantly designed in the 'French' or rococo manner but incorporate gothic-inspired features such as the ogee arches to the back.

A single armchair formerly in the collection of Percy Macquoid, Esq. features the same pattern back and is illustrated in P. Macquoid, A History of English Furniture: The Age of Mahogany, London, 1906, fig.186. The chair was later sold, the Property of a Lady, Christie's London, 16 November 1989, lot 37 (£13,200). A set of ten chairs of the same basic design but lacking some of the details to the carving was sold Sotheby's London, 17 November 1989, lot 70 (£220,000).
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