28 November 2002
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
A PAIR OF GEORGE III MAHOGANY OPEN ARMCHAIRS
Each with waved toprail, the padded back and serpentine seat covered in 18th century gros and petit point needlework (associated and possibly French) depicting peasants playing and music-making in cartouches, surrounded by foliage, the seats with conforming cartouches depicting scenes from the Fables de Fontaine, the part-padded outcurved arms with scrolled terminals on foliage and strapwork-carved downswept supports, on blind fretwork-carved legs and leather castors, one re-railed, the other with later framework, with slight variation to the profile of arms, the front rails possibly originally straight (2)
Anonymous sale [private collection], Sotheby's New York, 16-17 April 1993, lot 538.
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