A set of six George II mahogany dining chairs,  In the manner of Giles Grendey
Lot 83
A set of six George III carved mahogany dining chairs, together with two similar matched chairs in the manner of Giles Grendey
Sold for £7,440 (US$ 12,146) inc. premium

Lot Details
A set of six George II mahogany dining chairs,  In the manner of Giles Grendey
A set of six George III carved mahogany dining chairs, together with two similar matched chairs
in the manner of Giles Grendey
Each chair with undulating top rail and pierced, tapering splat above an upholstered stuff-over seat and seat rail carved with Vitruvian scrolls, with similarly carved side rails carved with a stylised flower head to each corner, on cabriole legs and pad feet, two stamped A.G.A on the seatrail, with paper depository labels to the underside for 'BROWN & Co, CHESTER LTD, 23765'. (8)

Footnotes

  • Property of a Gentleman of Title.

    Provenance: Colonel Wykeham Stanley Cornwallis, 2nd Baron Cornwallis KCVO, KBE, MC (1892-1982) and removed from Linton Park, Linton, Kent to Ashurst Park, Fordcombe, Kent and thence by descent in the family to the present vendor.

    Family tradition is that the chairs were amongst the Wykeham Martin heirlooms moved from Leeds Castle to Linton Park after the death of Cornwallis Wykeham Martin. In 1926 Fairfax Wykeham Martin sold Leeds Castle to the American heiress Olive Paget, later Lady Baillie (1899-1974) who transformed the Castle into one of the most fashionable English country houses of the 1920's and 30's.


    The design of the above set of chairs can be attributed to the Clerkenwell Cabinet maker Giles Grendey (d.1780) who label appears on a closely related set of twelve chairs formerly with Christopher Gibbs Ltd and illustrated in C.Gilbert, The Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, Leeds 1996, p.242, fig.435. Another set of nine related chairs attributed to Grendey were sold Christie's London, 6 July 2000, lot 57.

    Giles Grendey established his workshop at St. Paul's, Covent Garden by 1720, and moved to premises at Aylesbury House, St. John's Square, Clerkenwell just over two years later, where he was described as a 'Cabinet-Maker and Chair-Maker'. Unusually, he appears to have developed a thriving export trade, for when fire struck his premises on the morning of 3 August 1731, over one thousand pounds worth of furniture 'pack'd for Exportation against the next morning' was destroyed. Indeed, his most famous commission came from a Spanish client, the Duke of Infantado, for whose castle at Lazcano in northern Spain, Grendey supplied a seventy-two piece suite of scarlet-japanned seat and cabinet furniture between 1735-40, parts of which are now preserved in the museum collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and Temple Newsam House, Leeds.
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