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The suite of eight armchairs and four sofas was supplied in 1765 by Thomas Chippendale to Sir Lawrence Dundas, Bt., for the Great Room, 19 Arlington Street, London.
In 1934 three sofas and four armchairs were retained by the family and moved from 19 Arlington Street to Aske in Yorkshire. Of these, a pair of armchairs and a pair of sofas was sold, Christie's, London, 3 July 1997, lots 100-101, the other pair of chairs and one sofa are at Duff House, Banff.
The remaining sofa (lot 5 in this sale) and four armchairs (a pair, lot 4 in this sale) were sold by the Marquess of Zetland in these Rooms, 26 April 1934, lot 73 (360 guineas).
The Victoria and Albert Museum purchased one armchair in 1937.
Ronald Tree, Esq., subsequently acquired the sofa and three armchairs probably for Ditchley Park, Oxfordshire and sold them at Sotheby's London, 6 June 1947, lot 154.
They were bought by Mrs Derek Fitzgerald, Heathfield Park, Sussex and were again sold at Sotheby's London, 5 July 1963, lot 171.
Acquired by the present owner in the 1980s.
An Inventory of the Furniture &c. of Sir Laurence Dundas Bart., at His House in Arlington Street the 12 May 1768
No. 17 Front Room, One pair of Stairs
8 Gilt Chairs covered with Do. [Damask]
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
LITERATURE FOR THE SUITE:
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F. Lenygon, Furniture in England from 1660-1760, London, 1914, pp. 20-1, fig. 6.
A. T. Bolton, 'London Houses/19 Arlington St. S.W.1.A Residence of the Marquess of Zetland', Country Life, 17 September 1921, pp. 350-55.
A. T. Bolton, 'Some Early Adam Furniture at No. 19, Arlington St', Country Life, 24 September 1921, pp. 385-8.
R. Edwards, and P. Macquoid, The Dictionary of English Furniture, Vol. I, London, 1924-7, p. 249.
M. Harris & Sons, The English Chair, London, 1937, p. 134, pl. LXIV
R. Edwards and M. Jourdain, Georgian Cabinet-makers, London, rev.ed. 1944, p. 61, p. 163, pl. 83.
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A. Heal, London Furniture Makers, 1953, p. 94.
M. Jourdain and F. Rose, English Furniture: The Georgian Period 1750-1830, London, 1953, p. 86, pl. 50.
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C. Simon Sykes, Private Palaces: Life in the Great London Houses, London, 1989, p. 200.
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G. Beard, Upholsterers and Interior Furnishing in England 1530-1840, New Haven and London, 1997, p. 234, fig. 280.
C. Gilbert, 'Chippendale and Adam Triumphant', Christie's International Magazine, July-August 1997, pp. 22-24.
J. Sellars (ed.), The Art of Thomas Chippendale: Master Furniture Maker, Leeds, 2000, p. 52, fig. 38.
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London, Lansdowne House, Loan Exhibition of English Decorative Art, 1929.