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Originally from a suite of eight chairs, three window seats and a pair of pier tables supplied by John Linnell to John Phillips (d. 1775), probably for the Breakfast Parlour at Culham House, near Abingdon, Oxfordshire and by descent at Culham to
Major Phillips, sold Sotheby's house sale, 9-11 April 1935, lots 83 (eight chairs), 84 (window seats), and 85 (pier tables).
With M. Harris & Sons, London, 1935.
Miss Rachel M. Parsons, Lansdowne House, Newmarket, sold Osmond E. Griffiths, Newmarket, 26 September 1956, lot 286.
Eric Pasold, Esq.
Arthur Leidesdorf, New York.
All eight with S. Redburn, London in 1971.
A pair purchased in 1971 was sold anonymously, in these Rooms, 8 July 1999, lot 10 (£95,000 inc. premium).
Please note that these armchairs should be starred in the catalogue. Lots which are starred (*) in the catalogue are subject to VAT at 5 on both the hammer price and the buyer's premium.
M. Harris, The English Chair, 2nd Edn., 1946, p. 155
H. Hayward, ed., World Furniture, 1965, p. 141, fig. 522
A pair from the suite: London, Victoria and Albert Museum, B.A.D.A. Golden Jubilee Exhibition, May 1968, no. 162, illustrated in the catalogue pl.III