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TWO GEORGE III MAHOGANY OPEN ARMCHAIRS
No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VA… Read more THE PROPERTY OF THE EXECUTORS OF THE LATE SIR EMMANUEL KAYE C.B.E. (LOTS 301-451)
TWO GEORGE III MAHOGANY OPEN ARMCHAIRS

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TWO GEORGE III MAHOGANY OPEN ARMCHAIRS
One chair:
The ribbon-swagged shield-shaped back with Prince of Wales feathers, above downswept arms with scroll terminals, above a shaped padded seat covered in green material, on square fluted tapering legs and spade feet, restorations to splat
The other chair:
The waved toprail carved with an urn issuing acanthus husks, above a pierced patera and star splat, with outcurved arms on shaped supports, above a padded drop-in seat covered in later green foliate crewelwork on an ivory ground, on square legs joined by stretchers, restorations (2)
Provenance
The shield-back armchair: bought from Mallett, London, 6 August 1965, for £441.
The other armchair: bought from Norman Adams, 4 April 1957, for £145.
Special notice

No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.

Lot Essay

Armchairs of this form relate closely to a design by Gillows illustrated in the company's Estimate Sketch Book for 1788. Similar chairs are also illustrated in designs by Hepplewhite published in The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide, 1788, pls. 1 and 21. Other examples are in P. Macquoid, The Age of Satinwood, London, 1919, fig. 168; H. Cescinsky, English Furniture of the Eighteenth Century, London, 1911, vol. III, p. 347, fig. 384 and M. Tomlin, Catalogue of Adam Period Furniture, London, 1982, pl. 5.
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