Roseberys to Auction a pair of Chippendale Chairs

29/05/2014     News Stories & Press Release, Furniture & Rugs

Roseberys auctioneers is to auction an elegant pair of Chippendale giltwood armchairs with an estimate of £18,000-£25,000, in its Quarterly Fine Art Auction on 24 and 25 June.
The chairs, which will go under the hammer on 25 June, were originally commissioned by Sir Richard Worsley for the drawing room at Appuldurcombe on the Isle of Wight. Both the walls of the room and the chairs were covered with Gobelins Tapestry. (See full cataloguing information below.)
The chairs are thought to be one pair of a group of eight sold in the 1960s at Christie’s.

Roseberys’ managing director, Ian Cadzow, says, “It is a rare privilege to be offering a pair of chairs by the most eminent of English cabinet makers.”

Auction Details
The auction will take place on Wednesday 25 June at Roseberys, The Old Chocolate Factory, 74-76 Knights Hill, London SE27 0JD.
Viewing is as follows.
Friday 20 June 1pm-5pm
Sunday 22 June 10am-2pm
Monday 23 June 9.30am-5.30pm
Tuesday 24 and
Wednesday 25 June 9am-9.45am
The catalogue will be online on 11 June.
Customers unable to come to the auction in person can bid online at or, phone Roseberys before the sale to leave a bid or book a telephone line.

Lot 1197: A pair of George III giltwood and ebonised armchairs, by Thomas Chippendale, the arched back with palmette carved crest rail, with rosette and bead carved frames, with associated 18th century French floral tapestry, the shaped arms terminating in stylised palmettes, above shaped and moulded down-swept arm supports with anthemion and Greek key, with bead moulded rails, raised on reeded tapering legs, terminating with stiff leaf carved feet. (2)
Chippendale supplied furniture to Worsley at Appuldurcombe between 1776-1778. The above lot is part of a suite of giltwood furniture supplied for the drawing room at Appuldurcombe. The room was hung with ‘8 pieces of Gobelin Tapestry, representing the Arts & Sciences, copied from Bouchier’s paintings at Versailles.’ They were inventoried about 1779 as: ‘8 Cabriole elbow chairs carv’d & gilt in burnish’d gold & cover’d with Gobelin Tapestry. A Sofa to match, cover’d wt. Do.’ (see L. Boynton, “Sir Richard Worsley’s Furniture at Appuldurcumbe Park”, Furniture History, 1965, pp.39-58).

Design motifs present on the above correspond with furniture supplied to Appuldurcombe such as a pier table illustrated in C. Gilbert, “The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale”, fig 499, p. 273. These include beaded frames, anthemion and rosette carved details and reeded tapering legs, with stiff leaf carved feet. The anthemion and stiff leaf carved feet details are also present on the mahogany dining chairs supplied to Appuldurcombe, as illustrated in fig. 152 p. 94. The Greek key details on the profile of the arm supports are present on a library chair supplied by Chippendale to Brocket Hall fig. 151, p. 93.

A family connection can be established between Appuldurcombe and one of Chippendale’s more important commissions for Edwin Lascelles at Harewood House. Edwin Lascelles’ step daughter married Sir Richard Worsley, giving rise to the assertion that the Appuldurcombe interior could have been influenced by the emerging Neo Classical remodelling of the interiors of Harewood House by Chippendale. C. Gilbert, “The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale”, W. S. Knoecky Associated, Inc., 1978.
Supplied to Sir Richard Worsley, b. 1751- 1805, 7th Baronet of Appuldurcombe, Isle of Wight. He was a member of parliament for Newport 1774-1784 and re-elected as Member of Parliament for Newtown 1796-1801. Comptroller of the Household 1779-1782. The last British Minister Resident to the republic of Venice 1793-1797, after which this diplomatic posting was demolished. Governor of the Isle of Wight 1780-1782. Vice Admiral of the Isle of Wight 1780-1791.
Estimate £18,000-£25,000



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