A George I walnut and sycamore seaweed marquetry Side Chair possibly by Henry Williams

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Lot 16
A George I walnut and sycamore seaweed marquetry Side Chair
possibly by Henry Williams

Sold for £ 960 (US$ 1,292) inc. premium
A George I walnut and sycamore seaweed marquetry Side Chair
possibly by Henry Williams
the shaped toprail above a pierced vase splat, with interlaced coronet, shell grotesque mask and acanthus inlay above a drop-in seat on slender cabriole legs and pad feet, joined by a crinoline and turned 'H'-stretcher, with stamped chair-makers to the back-rail 'H.I'(?)

Footnotes

  • This chair relates to group of chairs which are discussed in Lucy Wood's latest publication on furniture in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, The Upholstered Furniture in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Volume I, p.205-227. Similarities in the shape of the splat and marquetry can be drawn with the chairs illustrated, which are possibly by the cabinet-maker Henry Williams.

    Henry Williams of Long Acre is listed as joiner and cabinet-maker 1717-58, see C.Gilbert & G.Beard, Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, p.980. He was the successor to Richard Roberts as chairmaker to the Royal Family and was extensively patronised by Frederick, Prince of Wales. Furniture was supplied to Windsor Castle, Somerset House, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court and the Houses of Parliament. He also supplied furniture for various members of the gentry and aristocracy including Sir Paul Methuen and Sir John Dutton.
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