23 April 2009
THREE REGENCY OAK SIDE CHAIRS
ATTRIBUTED TO GEORGE BULLOCK, 1818
The carved moulded top rail between panelled uprights, with rectangular padded splat covered in crimson leather and with ball-studded surround, above a padded seat covered in crimson leather, on octagonal front legs and tapering feet
36 in. (91.5 cm.) high; 19½ in. (49.5 cm.) wide; 20 in. (51 cm.) deep (3)
Almost certainly Sir Walter Scott (d. 1832), Abbotsford.
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LITERATURE FOR THE SUITE
C. Wainwright, 'Walter Scott and the furnishing of Abbotsford', Connoisseur, January 1977, pp. 3-15.
C. Wainwright, George Bullock, Cabinet-Maker, London, 1988, p. 79.
These oak dining chairs are almost certainly from a set of twelve made for Sir Walter Scott at Abbotsford, the house where the novelist and poet wrote Waverley, Rob Roy and Ivanhoe. Bullock supplied furniture for Abbotsford and advised Scott on how best to display his ancient armour. The two became friends: Scott often referred to Bullock as 'Prince of the Black Marble Island', referring to the island of Mona where Bullock owned a quarry.
The chairs were designed by William Atkinson, Scott's architect for the large scale expansion of Abbotsford and made in the Bullock workshop in the summer of 1818 shortly after Bullock's death. It is apparent from correspondence between Sir Walter Scott and Daniel Terry that Richard Bridgens, another member of Bullock's circle, was also involved in their design and likely executed the drawing of the chairs' design which is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
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