Home page

Global notice COVID-19 Important notice
and seat covered in associated 18th Century blue-ground floral Mortlake tapestry, on cabriole front and back legs headed by double-scroll eagle-head angles, on claw-and-ball feet, later back blocks, with paper label inscribed in ink six

Details
and seat covered in associated 18th Century blue-ground floral Mortlake tapestry, on cabriole front and back legs headed by double-scroll eagle-head angles, on claw-and-ball feet, later back blocks, with paper label inscribed in ink six
Provenance
Dr. Frank Crozer Knowles (d.1957), Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, acquired between 1930 and 1945
His nephew Robert Alexander, sold by Order of the Executors, Christie's New York, 22 October 1988, lot 244

Lot Essay

This drawing-room chair with Jupiter's eagle monopodiae is designed in the 'antique' manner associated with William Kent (d.1748). In place of the eagle-heads emerging from Roman foliage, they are portayed here with feather-plumed legs. A chair with Roman foliate carving is illustrated in H. Cescinsky, English Furniture of the Eighteenth Century, n.d. [1909], vol. II, p. 25. A chair with feather-plumed legs, as here, is in the Duke of Norfolk's collection at Arundel Castle (see: S. Jervis, 'Furniture at Arundel Castle', Connoisseur, March 1978, p. 213)
Dr. Frank Crozer Knowles was a collector of the generation advised by Robert Symonds. Like many of his English contempoaries he formed a collection of high quality early Georgian walnut and mahogany, much of it upholstered in 18th Century needlework and tapestry. He particularly valued the collection of Percival Griffiths and acquired at least three lots from the latter's sale in these Rooms in September 1939. His collection was kept together by his nephew between 1957 and 1988.
;

More from English Furniture

View All
View All