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A SET OF EIGHT VICTORIAN WALNUT AND PARCEL GILT DINING CHAIRS
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A SET OF EIGHT VICTORIAN WALNUT AND PARCEL GILT DINING CHAIRS

DESIGNED BY ALFRED STEVENS AND SUPPLIED BY HOLLAND & SONS, CIRCA 1856-8

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A SET OF EIGHT VICTORIAN WALNUT AND PARCEL GILT DINING CHAIRS
DESIGNED BY ALFRED STEVENS AND SUPPLIED BY HOLLAND & SONS, CIRCA 1856-8
Each re-upholstered in green velvet with yellow braid and piping, seven stamped twice HOLLAND & SONS, one stamped W. BRYSON, two stamped C. CULYER, two stamped F and J. COPPING, the castors variously stamped COP...PATENT (8)
Provenance
Supplied in 1856-58 to Dorchester House, Park Lane, London by Holland and Sons.
Literature
Edward Beresford Chancellor, The Private Palaces of London, Past and Present, London, 1908, pp.256-7, illus.
Christopher Hussey, "Dorchester House, London", Country Life, 12 May 1928, p.688, fig. 9
Jeremy Cooper, Victorian and Edwardian Furniture and Interiors, London, 1987, fig. 53
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Lot Essay

Designed by the leading artist and sculptor Alfred Stevens (d.1875), these handsome French-influenced chairs, the only known survivors from an original set of thirty, were supplied in 1856-8 by Holland and Sons to the connoisseur and M.P. Robert Staynor Holford (d.1892) for the dining room of his magnificent Mayfair palace, Dorchester House, which was tragically demolished in 1929. The chairs are recorded in photographs of the house in 1905 and 1928. Bryson, Culyer and Copping were furniture makers who collaborated with Holland and Sons on this important commission.

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