A pair of late George II/ early George III mahogany upholstered library armchairs, circa 1760's
Lot 4160W
A fine pair of early George III mahogany library chairs
Sold for US$ 65,500 inc. premium
Lot Details
A fine pair of early George III mahogany library chairs
mid 18th century
Each with a rectangular upholstered back over close nailed padded arms supported on downcurving stiles fret carved with intersecting foliate vines, flowerheads and pendant bellflowers over a trapezoidal seat raised on cabriole legs carved at the knees with articulated scrolled acanthus, carved with curling hair at the hock ending in hairy paw and claw feet.
height 42in (1.07m); width 27½in (70cm); depth 22in (56cm)

Footnotes

  • The establishment of the House of Hanover in 1714, supported by the aristocratic Whigs, witnessed the building of grand scale country manors reflecting the Palladian style with dignified, symmetrical and Classical proportions, built with rooms intended for the study and library of a Gentleman.

    The offered chairs are designed with an accommodating scale and a rake of the fully upholstered back and seat that reflect their intended use of as chairs for a library, usually considered a masculine retreat. They reflect a classic Palladian generosity of size, firmly anchored on hairy paw feet.

    Possibly of Irish origin, these chairs may have been carved by one of many Irish or Continental carvers working from pattern books of the period interpreting English designs. Some unique design elements characteristic of Irish Georgian furniture are reflected here; i.e. curly hair carved on the legs encircling the hock above the paws, articulated spiked and scrolled acanthus carving, and the lighter Rococo influence in the fret carving of the arm supports. There is similar carving on chairs attributed to Dublin carver Cooper Walker, belonging to Castletown, County Kildare.

    A bill of sale dated October 31, 1918 from Schmitt Brothers, Inc., 343 Madison Ave, New York accompanies this lot.
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