A pair of William & Mary style carved walnut Side Chairs in the style of Daniel Marot

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Lot 3
A pair of William & Mary style carved walnut Side Chairs
in the style of Daniel Marot

£ 2,500 - 3,500
US$ 3,300 - 4,600
A pair of William & Mary style carved walnut Side Chairs
in the style of Daniel Marot
the rectangular caned backs with pierced scrolling leaf, shell, diaper and rosette carved crestings surmounted by a basket of flowers, the rectangular seats with pierced strapwork carved apron on cabriole legs headed by leaves and strapwork, on a punched ground, joined by scrolling 'H' stretchers on scroll under feet, one with worm damage to the cresting.(2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Roger Vernon Chorlton, Thelwall Hall, Leycester, Cheshire, thence by direct descent to the current owner.

    See catalogue note for lot 25.

    This lot was deemed of national importance by the eminent furniture historian Ralph Edwards in 1946. They were described as a 'pair of William and Mary carved walnut chairs, close caned seats and backs'.

    Daniel Marot (1661-1752), a French Huguenot and son of the architect and designer Jean Marot, is generally credited with introducing England to the classicising baroque style that was thriving in France during the latter part of Louis XIVs reign. Marot trained in France under Jean Bérain, one of Louis XIV's chief court designers. After the Revocation of Nantes in 1686 Marot escaped to Holland where he worked extensively as William IIIs self-appointed architect and designer at his estate at Het Loo. Baptismal records show that Marot also spent time working in London, where two of his children were baptised in 1695 and 1696. However, from 1698 Marot was permanently settled in Holland, making his base in The Hague and finally in Amsterdam. Marot's work is associated predominantly with the 'Anglo-Dutch' style. Marot's engravings, published in collected editions in 1702 and 1712, had a substantial influence on contemporary furniture design, and these propagated the use of stylistic features such as classical urns within carved scrollwork and foliage, and serpentine cross stretchers as seen in the above lot.
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