London, South Kensington
7 July 2000
A set of fourteen carved giltwood dining chairs, 19th century
Possibly French, in the Regence style, including a pair of armchairs, each shaped back with foliate scroll rococo cresting and ears with trailing foliate scrolls and bellflowers, with trellis panelled surrounds, upholstered in padded silk applique work of interlaced strap-work foliate design, having a stuff-over seat with similar embroidered upholstery, the seat-rail with foliate scroll carved ornament with cabochons, on cabriole legs headed with cabochon ornament and C-scrolls terminating in scroll feet, the side and back of the chairs also carved with incised paterae and scroll-work, the arm chairs with padded outswept scroll arm supports on scrolled uprights (14)
Sir Julius Wernher, 1st Bt. (1850-1912), Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire, in the Dining Room, by whom bequeathed, through his widow
Alice, Lady Wernher, subsequently Lady Ludlow (1862-1945), to their son
Sir Harold Wernher, 3rd Bt., G.C.V.O. (1893-1973), Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire, in the Dining Room, and by descent.
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1949 Luton Hoo Inventory, p. 130, in the Old Dining Room, as Louis XV.
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