15 April 1999
A SET OF SIX GEORGE III MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIRS
Each with a serpentine-crested rectangular padded back and serpentine- fronted seat covered in close-nailed 18th Century silk and wool crewelwork of bouquets of flowers and foliage on a rosy brown ground, on channelled cabriole legs and scroll feet, the front seat-rails and the front legs replaced, two later cross-strutts, one back leg with restored break, the back ears later, restoration to the needlework (6)
Anonymous sale, in these Rooms, 24 November 1966, lot 87 (for the six chairs and two stools (lot 77 in this sale)).
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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‘