A George III beechwood armchair attributed to Chippendale
Lot 138
A George III stained and carved beechwood armchair attributed to Thomas Chippendale senior or junior
Sold for £10,000 (US$ 16,050) inc. premium

Lot Details
A George III beechwood armchair attributed to Chippendale
A George III stained and carved beechwood armchair
attributed to Thomas Chippendale senior or junior
The oval padded back within a beaded and moulded back with a stylised shell cresting, above outswept padded arms and downswept beaded and moulded scrolling arm supports on a padded serpentine seat and turned reeded tapering legs, with spool feet, with two 'V' shaped cramp marks to the underside, some minor restorations.

Footnotes

  • The design of the present armchair is almost identical to a suite of six armchairs and a pair of sofas supplied by Chippendale senior or junior for Sir Richard Hoare at Stourhead circa 1780, illustrated in Lucy Wood Orphaned Furniture by The Chippendales at Stourhead, Furniture History 2011, pp. 89-90, figs. 34-37. Lucy Wood speculates that certain features in the construction of the sofas in the suite, link them to Chippendale junior (see Lucy Wood op. cit., p. 93. Further comparable seat furniture by Chippendale include a giltwood armchair with en suite sofa supplied circa 1778 for either Egremont House, London or Petworth House, Sussex and sixteen armchairs ordered for the Salon at Burton Constable during the same year. Elements of the design and other details such as the pearl-beading to the backs, arms and seat rails together with the fan cresting are replicated on other armchairs by Chippendale (See Christopher Gilbert, The Life and Works of Thomas Chippendale, 1978, 2 vols., vol II, pp. 108-115). The underside of the seatrail here features slots for securing cramps which are characteristic of Chippendale's workshop methods. In addition the rear of the back has an exposed back strut which is also typical of his 'cabriole' chairs (see Gilbert op. cit., vol. II, pp. 112-113, pls. 193,195 and 196). A set of four painted beechwood armchairs of apparently the same model and with provenance from Somerville, Balrath, County Meath, Ireland were offered Sotheby's London 5 June 2007, lot 127. This set includes pearl-beading to the backs and seatrails which is absent from the examples illustrated in Lucy Wood op. cit., pp. 89-90, figs. 34-37.
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