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A PAIR OF LATE GEORGE III WHITE-PAINTED AND PARCEL-GILT BERGERES
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A PAIR OF LATE GEORGE III WHITE-PAINTED AND PARCEL-GILT BERGERES

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A PAIR OF LATE GEORGE III WHITE-PAINTED AND PARCEL-GILT BERGERES
Each carved with fluting overall, the curved rectangular tapering padded back, padded sides and seat covered in ivory silk, the downswept arms with fluted balusters, on patera-headed square fluted tapering legs and spade feet, redecorated, traces of earlier decoration including gilding (2)
Provenance
Bought from Stair & Co., 50 East 57th Street, New York, 10 November 1982.
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Lot Essay

The French-fashioned chairs, now lacking squab cushions, have columnar 'bergere' arm-supports, and are designed in the Louis Seize fashion popularised by Thomas Sheraton's The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book, 1793. They are likely to have formed part of the collection of antique French and English furnishings assembled by William Dodge James (d.1913) following his purchase of West Dean Park, Sussex in 1891. He also employed the firm Mellier and Company, whose improvements included a Louis Seize library created in 1902.
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