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Lot 407

A matched set of ten George III mahogany dining chairs, last quarter 18th century, in the manner...

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Lot 407

A matched set of ten George III mahogany dining chairs, last quarter 18th century, in the manner...

Price Realised: £3,936

Estimate: £3,500 - £4,500

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (31.2% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 407


A matched set of ten George III mahogany dining chairs, last quarter 18th century, in the manner of Gillows, including two carvers, each with a pierced rectangular trellis and rosette back surmounted by a tablet carved with harebells, above a padded seat embroidered with later needlework, on turned tapering legs with toupie feet, the carvers stamped F.T, the side chairs stamped A.F  (10)

Note: These chairs correspond to Gillows’ 'Garforth pattern', which first
appeared in 1795 and was probably an adaptation of Georges Jacob's
design of circa 1792 for Marie-Antoinette's dairy at Rambouillet.
They appear to have been particularly popular among the genteel,
professional and merchant classes in the north of England and
Gillows' produced versions of this design in mahogany and also
with japanned decoration. In 1796 the Earl of Strafford purchased
six white and green japanned chairs for Wentworth Woodhouse,
and Sir William Gerard ordered thirty-six mahogany chairs for
Garswood New Hall, Lancashire. While the design featured a round
or 'compass-fronted' seat (see the set of twelve sold anonymously,
Christie’s, London, 29 April 2010, lot 86, £46,850 including premium)
they were also made with a more conventional square seat.
The design was adopted by the influential architect/designer Sir
John Soane (d. 1837). He commissioned the set of twenty 'mahogany
trellis chairs' for the Governor’s Room at The Bank, supplied in 1809
by the cabinet-maker David Bruce (d. 1823) of Aldersgate Street,
London (see M. Jourdain, 'Early 19th-Century Furniture at the Bank of
England’, Country Life, 3 October 1947, p. 676, fig. 2). Soane owned
a pair of armchairs of the Bank design at his own home at Lincoln’s
Inn Fields, now the Soane Museum, and adapted the design for a
set of dining-chairs supplied by John Robins in 1821. Robins' invoice
described these as 'trellis back chairs moulded & Paneled [sic] seats
French stuffed covered with black Spanish Morocco red welts [and]
stout turned feet to pattern’.

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ARR is capped at €12,500

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