8 April 2004
A GEORGE II WALNUT SIDE CHAIR
With curved back and solid splat with horizontal bar, Georgian floral needlework drop-in seat on foliate cabriole legs and pad feet, bearing inventory disk numbered 275, the seat stamped I and the chair stamped A or 4
Percival D. Griffiths, Esq., Sandridgebury, Hertfordshire.
with Frank Partridge, New York.
Charlotte Broad, New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 16 May 1941, lot 29.
with Arthur S. Vernay, Inc., New York.
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F.L. Hinckley, A Directory of Queen Anne, Early Georgian and Chippendale Furniture, New York, 1971, p.63, pl.19, fig.63.
F.L. Hinckley, Metropolitan Furniture of the Georgian Years, New York, 1988, p.63, pl.29, fig.58.
The sophisticated chair back pattern relates closely to a set with gilt-enriched carving. One of the chairs is illustrated in H. Cescinsky, English Furniture of the Eighteenth Century, New York, n.d. (c.1920), vol.II, p.26, fig.8 while a pair from the suite was sold in these Rooms, 19 April 2001, lot 225.
Percival G. Griffiths formed a remarkable assemblage of mid-Georgian furniture in the early part of the 20th century under the advice of the great furniture historian R.W. Symonds. Griffiths met the young Symonds in 1910 and soon thereafter his fame as a collector was established. The many articles and books that Symonds published throught the next few decades illustrated pieces from the Griffiths collection. Mr. Vander Poel was fully aware of the significance of the Griffiths provenance when he purchased this chair.
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