15 April 1999
A PAIR OF MAHOGANY SERPENTINE STOOLS
En suite with the preceding lot, each with rectangular top covered in 18th Century silk and wool crewelwork of floral bouquets, one on a yellow ground, the other on a light-green and brown ground, on channelled cabriole legs and scrolled feet, restorations to the crewelwork
18 in. (46 cm.) high; 26 in. (67 cm.) wide; 20 in. (52 cm.) deep (2)
Anonymous sale, in these Rooms, 24 November 1966, lot 87 (for the six
chairs (lot 76 in this sale) and two stools).
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The upholstery is longstitch wool needlework in imitation of Soho tapestry of the mid-18th Century.
The designer and decorator shows us around his Santa Monica HQ, and enthuses over the forthcoming Rooms as Portraits auctions in London and New York
Chinese Works of Art specialist Olivia Hamilton reckons this pair of superb sculptures — around 1,300 years old — are ‘the finest I've seen come up for sale‘