A pair of George III mahogany Gainsborough armchairs in the manner of Thomas Chippendale
Lot 589
A pair of George III mahogany Gainsborough armchairs
in the manner of Thomas Chippendale
Sold for £6,875 (US$ 10,778) inc. premium

Lot Details
A pair of George III mahogany Gainsborough armchairs
in the manner of Thomas Chippendale
each with a cartouche shaped C-scroll and acanthus clasped back and scrolled downswept arm supports, above a serpentine seat, on interlacing scrolled strapwork wrapped cabriole front legs terminating in scroll feet, with splayed back legs, repairs/restorations, 68cm wide, (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Bonhams, Fine English and Continental Furniture, 22 November, 2005, lot 102.

    Reproduced in the third edition of Chippendale's Gentleman and Cabinet Maker's Director (1762) are eight designs for 'French Chairs'. The shaped outline of the present pair of chairs closeley resembles the right hand design in plate XXI of the Director dated 1753.
    In his accompanying notes Chippendale describes this type of chair as one which may be executed 'to advantage' and he also explains that such designs are intended to be 'open below at the Back: which make them very light, without having a bad Effect'. This piercing beneath the cartouche shaped padded backs is the most noticeable feature of these chairs and suggests that the cabinet maker was aware of the design when he produced the chair. The carved surface decoration on these chairs is much less elaborate than that on the published design and is more reminiscent of the work of Robert Manwaring, whose Cabinet and Chair-Maker's Real Friend and Companion, was published in 1765.

    Comparably shaped chairs include an elaborately carved mahogany armchair now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (illustrated in Ralph Edwards, English Chairs, 1951, fig. 74 and Moss Harris, The English Chair, 1937, p.122, pl. Llla).
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