A set of six late George III mahogany open armchairs with four additional late 19th century armchairs in the Hepplewhite style, the earlier chairs possibly by Gillows
Lot 68
A set of six late George III mahogany open armchairs with four additional late 19th century armchairs in the Hepplewhite style
Sold for £10,000 (US$ 15,693) inc. premium

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A set of six late George III mahogany open armchairs with four additional late 19th century armchairs in the Hepplewhite style, the earlier chairs possibly by Gillows
A set of six late George III mahogany open armchairs with four additional late 19th century armchairs
in the Hepplewhite style
The shaped pierced rectangular backs with moulded top rails above three leaf carved beaded uprights centred by paterae carved roundels, the downswept arms on ring turned supports, the upholstered seats on ring turned and reeded legs and turned toupie feet, with some old repairs, the later chairs with minor differences in the carving (10)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Ethel,Countess of Southesk (1868-1947) and thence by descent to her son:
    Commander The Hon. Alexander Carnegie (b.1894) and thence by family descent.

    Family tradition suggests that this set of chairs originated at Cairness House. Cairness was designed by the architect James Playfair (1790-1857) and completed by Sir John Soane (1753-1837) in the 1790s for Charles Gordon of Cairness and Buthlaw. The Gordon family remained at Cairness until 1938 when it was sold to Ethel, Countess of Southesk. The Earl and Countess of Southesk's other house, Crimonmogate, was built for Patrick Milne (d.1820) by Archibald Simpson (1790-1847), the Aberdeen based neo-classical architect in 1820. Crimonmogate was left to Sir Charles Bannerman and then to his son Sir Alexander Bannerman and then to his daughter Ethel, Countess of Southesk.
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