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THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
These elegant French-fashioned chairs, with triumphal-arched 'cabriole' backs, are conceived in George III 'Roman' manner; and with their gold silken frames and green flowered tablets, palm-wreaths and antique flutes, relate to the 1770's bedroom-apartment furnishings by the celebrated Mayfair firm of William and John Linnell of Berkeley Square. Such frames were well suited to 'India' flowered hangings, such as those of the 'Osterley Park' bed executed by the Linnell firm to Robert Adam's design of 1779 (H.Hayward and P. Kirkham, William and John Linnell, London, 1980, fig.10). Related 'Cabriole' chair patterns later featured in Messrs A. Hepplewhite & Co.'s, Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide, 1788 (3rd ed. 1794); and T. Sheraton's, Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book, 1793.
Such frames were also well suited to the floral silk upholstery of the period.