A set of fourteen Edwardian mahogany dining chairs in the George III style
Lot 114*
A set of fourteen George III carved mahogany dining chairs including a pair of open armchairs attributed to Gillows
Sold for £6,875 (US$ 10,758) inc. premium

Lot Details
A set of fourteen George III carved mahogany dining chairs including a pair of open armchairs
attributed to Gillows
The arched and carved pierced backs with three moulded scroll lotus carved uprights, above bowed upholstered seats, on square section tapering legs joined by stretchers, the armchairs with shaped outswept arms. (14)

Footnotes

  • This pattern referred to by the Gillow firm as the 'three upright splat chair' was a popular design with several variations appearing in the Gillows archives. The original design is thought to date from around 1780 with refinements being made, possibly by Robert Gillow in London, around 1791 when a more sophisticated version appears in the Gillow Coloured Sketch Books. The design was clearly one which Gillows sought to protect and when they supplied chairs of this pattern to the Liverpool based upholsterers and transatlantic exporters in 1780, the firm stipulated:

    'If this pattern should take wth you of wch, have no doubt, we rely upon yr. honor (sic) that would will not put it into any other chair maker's hands as we would rather have without this order than give a new pattern away'.

    (See S.Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London 1730-1840, Suffolk, 2008, Vol I., p.177).

    The model appears with varying carved details depending on the cost of the model orders and both with and without stretchers. A related armchair with the addition of a fluted leg and cross-rail is illustrated in S.Stuart, ibid., p.177, pl.140.
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