A George II walnut double chair-back settee
Lot 99
A George II walnut double chair-back settee
Sold for £32,500 (US$ 54,570) inc. premium
Lot Details
The Collection of an Architect; The Old Rectory, Kent
A George II walnut double chair-back settee
The shaped toprails with twin shell-carved crestings above corresponding solid, vase-shaped splats, the drop-in serpentine seat upholstered in associated 18th century floral tapestry, above a double inverted serpentine seatrail carved with twin shells and flanked by open arms with eagle head terminals, the cabriole legs with shells motifs to the knees between scrolled ear brackets, on claw and ball feetwith old paper labels inscribed '65' and 'H', restorations, 144cm wide, 60cm deep, 101cm high (56 1/2in wide, 23 1/2in deep, 39 1/2in high).

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  • Provenance:
    James Orrock, 48 Bedford Square and subsequently sold Christie's, London, 2-3 June 1904, lot 122 and purchased by:
    Gooden & Fox and sold in June 1904 for £79 7s 9d to:
    William Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme (1851-1925) for the Ante Room to the China Room at The Hill (later moved to the Music Room) and thence by descent to:
    William Lever, 2nd Viscount Leverhulme, D.L (1888-1949) at Thornton Manor, Wirral, Merseyside and sold Sotheby's 26 June 2001, lot 123.

    William Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme (d.1925) spent over thirty years assembling a definitive collection of Georgian furniture and was probably the most prolific buyer of his generation. A large portion of his collection is now housed in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, a Museum which he established in Port Sunlight in 1922. The above lot was originally part of the furnishings of Leverhulme's Hampstead residence, The Hill and was later moved to Thornton Manor in the Wirral.

    The dealer James Orrock of 48 Bedford Square acted as a broker for Leverhulme. Orrock was also an artist and Leverhulme purchased numerous works from him both by him and works by other artists from his collection.

    Other related double chairback settees with eagles headed arms and carved shell decoration include an example illustrated in H.Cescinski, English Furniture of the 18th century, 1909, Vol.II, p.23. An example from the collection of Sir Henry Sutcliffe Smith (1864-1938) was sold Bonhams, London, 23 November 2004, lot 63. Other examples include one sold Sotheby's London, 4 July 1997, lot 31 and another sold Christie's New York, 11 October 2007, lot 70. A related armchair with shell carved legs and related eagle's head arms terminals is illustrated in R.W Symonds, English Furniture from Charles II to George II, London 1929 from the collection of Percival D. Griffiths at Sandridgebury.
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