A fine pair of early George III carved mahogany Library Open Armchairs
in the manner of Thomas Chippendale
the curved padded rectangular closenailed backs, above padded outswept arms, with leaf and scroll arm terminals and 'S' shaped acanthus carved and moulded arm supports above bowed padded closenailed seats on cabriole leaf carved legs and scrolled feet, (2)
- Please note that the private purchaser of these chairs in the 1940s believed that they came from a set of twelve chairs previously at Mulgrave Castle. The late vendor's journal records that he was told by his supplier, the dealer Charles Lumb, that these chairs were from the collection of Lord Normanby.
We have been asked to state by Lord Normanby's family that there is no evidence that these chairs have come from Mulgrave Castle or the Normanby collection. Although the provenance is therefore not in the family's opinion Normanby or Mulgrave Castle, the chairs would have been commissioned for an important house. Bonhams draws potential bidders attention to the fact the provenance is therefore not known at present.