Several variants of this model of chair with distinctive lion's head arm terminals have formed part of important collections. A suite of six tapestry-covered chairs and one armchair was sold by The Earl of Shaftesbury, Christie's, London, 23 June 1949, lot 91. The same arm-terminal can be found on a chair formerly in the collection of both Percival D. Griffiths and J. S. Sykes and now in that of S. Jon Gerstenfeld (see E. Lennox-Boyd (ed.), Masterpieces of English Furniture: The Gerstenfeld Collection, London, 1998, pp. 54-55, pl. 39, no. 44). Another closely related armchair with floral petit point needlework and shell-headed legs was formerly in the collection of Percival Griffiths and then Frederick Poke. It was sold by a descendent of Poke, Sotheby's, London, 13 June 2001, lot 80 (£69,500). One of the closest comparable lion's head terminals is found on an armchair sold by Theodore Baum, Sotheby's New York, 22 October 2004, lot 464 ($96,000).
CHARLES LUMB & SONS
The firm of Charles Lumb of Harrogate, established in 1907, remains one of the pre-eminent dealers in English 18th and 19th century furniture. As a leading dealer in the north of England, the firm has provided advice on furniture to many 20th century collections in the region. It remains a family firm. Frank Lumb was an exhibitor and member of the vetting committee at the Grosvenor House Antiques Fair from 1947-1973 and a member of the BADA council from 1968-1974.
An appreciation of Frank Lumb, son of Charles Lumb, was published in October 1993 with an introduction written by the eminent furniture historian Christopher Gilbert, then Director of Leeds City Art Galleries. Amongst the pieces Frank Lumb chose as his personal favourites, was the William & Mary walnut card-table, formerly in Percival Griffiths' collection and later in the Aykroyd Collection and recently sold Christie's, London, 27 April 2006, lot 6.