A good early 20th century carved mahogany sofa and pair of en-suite armchairs by Maples after a design by Robert Adam or John Linnell
Lot 150
An early 20th century carved mahogany sofa and pair of en-suite armchairs by Maples after a design by Robert Adam or John Linnell
Sold for £7,800 (US$ 12,977) inc. premium
Auction Details
An early 20th century carved mahogany sofa and pair of en-suite armchairs by Maples after a design by Robert Adam or John Linnell An early 20th century carved mahogany sofa and pair of en-suite armchairs by Maples after a design by Robert Adam or John Linnell A good early 20th century carved mahogany sofa and pair of en-suite armchairs by Maples after a design by Robert Adam or John Linnell A good early 20th century carved mahogany sofa and pair of en-suite armchairs by Maples after a design by Robert Adam or John Linnell A good early 20th century carved mahogany sofa and pair of en-suite armchairs by Maples after a design by Robert Adam or John Linnell
Lot Details
An early 20th century carved mahogany sofa and pair of en-suite armchairs by Maples
after a design by Robert Adam or John Linnell
the sofa with top rail carved with acanthus leaves and egg-and-c-scrolls, centred by a medallion of Venus and Cupid, the arm supports carved with paw-footed mermaids, the seat rail carved with bead-and-reel and foliage, the central front legs carved with smaller female herms, the back legs carved with acanthus leaves and paw feet, the armchairs similarly carved, one chair with a brass maker's label underneath stamped "MAPLE & CO./ LONDON/ PARIS/ BUENOS AIRES", the sofa 213cm wide x 88cm deep x 102cm high max. externally, the chairs 94cm wide x 87cm deep x 87cm high max. externally (3)

Footnotes

  • The sofa is a copy of an early George III giltwood sofa, probably executed by John Linnell, which was acquired by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1929 (see www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/42419.html?mulR=8288). The design is based on two anonymous drawings of circa 1762, now in the Soane Museum, which were probably sketched by the architect Robert Adam adapting earlier designs by Linnell. The Philadelphia Museum sofa is illustrated in the Dictionary of English Furniture, rev. ed, London, 1964, p. 456, fig. 45. An almost identical sofa, and possibly the inspiration for Maple and Co, was published in Francis Lenygon, The Decoration and Furniture of English Mansions During the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, London, 1909. For a full discussion of the design see Eileen Harris, The Furniture of Robert Adam, London, 1963, pp.89-91, figs. 98- 100.
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