A pair of Regency ebonised and parcel gilt open armchairs by John Gee
Lot 166
A pair of Regency ebonised and parcel gilt open armchairs by John Gee
Sold for £3,750 (US$ 5,878) inc. premium

Lot Details
A pair of Regency ebonised and parcel gilt open armchairs by John Gee
A pair of Regency ebonised and parcel gilt open armchairs by John Gee
The ring turned and panelled toprails above pierced latticed and flowerhead splats and downswept scrolled arms and caned seats, on ring turned tapering legs, together with floral print buttoned squab cushions, stamped with a monogram of JG and M, under the seatrail, decoration refreshed. (2)

Footnotes

  • John Gee is listed as chairmaker and turner 1779-c.1824. See C.Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, p.217-221 for other seat furniture by Gee, some of which is stamped with the same monogram device. The presence of various stamped single intials are thought to denote particular journeymen in the workshop.

    Gee entered into partnership with Benjamin Compton 'Turner in Ordinary to George III' in 1779 and by 1787 he was himself sworn in as a 'turner' jointly with his partner Thomas Aycliffe, who descended from a family of Royal turners. Gee was recorded from 1799 at 49 Wardour Street, Soho. Gee's son Thomas Aycliffe Gee joined the firm and they were awarded a Royal Warrant in 1804 and were occasionally referred to as Gee & Sons. The firm's activity is not well documented although a payment was received in 1790 from Lord Wilton for chairs supplied for the Music Room at Heaton Hall.
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