A pair of George II Anglo-Chinese Huang Huali side chairs
Lot 48
A pair of George II Anglo-Chinese Huang Huali side chairs
Sold for £56,250 (US$ 94,925) inc. premium
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A pair of George II Anglo-Chinese Huang Huali side chairs A pair of George II Anglo-Chinese Huang Huali side chairs
Lot Details
A pair of George II Anglo-Chinese Huang Huali side chairs
The moulded shaped backs with acanthus carved toprails above solid vase-shaped splats with conforming carved decoration, the saddle-shaped drop-in seats on cabriole front legs with lion mask carved knees ending in claw and ball feet.(2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Possibly supplied to Sir Henry Gough bt. (1708-1774) circa 1740. A very similar set of chairs feature in a painting of the Gough family by William Verelst, dated 1741: private collection, exhibited Manners and Morals The Tate Gallery, London, 1987 exh. cat., pp.124-5, No. 107 and subsequently on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum.

    Purchased privately by the present owner.

    Comparative Literature:
    A pair chairs exhibited: David S. Howard, A Tale of Three Cities, Canton, Shanghai and Hong Kong, Sotheby's London, 1997, cat. No. 217, illustrated p. 168, fig.217 and sold Sotheby's London Important English Furniture, 10 July 1998 £60,900.

    Carl L. Crossman, The Decorative Arts of the China Trade, 1991, p. 233, pl. 85 (a pair of chairs from the Richard Milhender Collection).

    Lucy Wood, The Upholstered Furniture in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, 2008, vol. I, pp. 429-440 (A set of six chairs including a pair of armchairs) also illustrated in Percy Macquoid, English Furniture, Tapestry and Needlework, 1929, pl. 39, fig. 138.

    Edward Lennox-Boyd ed., Masterpieces of English Furniture: The Gerstenfeld Collection, 1998, p. 80, pls. 58-59 (including one of a pair of walnut chairs upon which the present examples may be based).

    Country Life, 2013, 'The Art Market Review', 31 July 2013, p. 77., fig. 4 (a set of twelve chairs exhibited at Masterpiece 2013 by Mallett of Dover Street).

    Side chairs sold at auction comprise: six chairs, Sotheby's London, June 27-28, 1974, lot 6, a pair of chairs, in the same rooms, 10 July 1998, lot 18 (£60,900)and a pair, Sotheby's New York 'Tom Devenish: The Collection', 24 April 2008, lot 12 ($109,000). See footnote to lot 47
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