A late 19th century Louis XV style white painted and parcel gilt sofa

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Lot 30
A late 19th century Louis XV style white painted and parcel gilt sofa

£ 2,000 - 3,000
US$ 2,400 - 3,600
Amended
A late 19th century Louis XV style white painted and parcel gilt sofa
Upholstered in pale green floral brocade, the shaped deep buttoned back and sides with buttoned loose seat and two bolster cushions above a shaped apron on cabriole legs,225cm wide, (88.5" wide).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Sold Phillips, Son and Neale and Gurr Johns and Co. Important Sale by auction of Furniture and Effects from Cliveden on May 15-19th 1967 as lot 1847.

    The original Cliveden was attributed to William Winde, the Dutch born architect. Winde built a house for the Duke of Buckingham in the 1660s. Work appears to have been in progress in 1677 when the Duke of Buckingham was given temporary leave from the Tower to supervise some of the Cliveden build, completed in 1679. After Buckingham's death in 1687, Cliveden was bought by Lord George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney, fifth son of Anne, Duchess of Hamilton, in 1696. In 1737 Lord Orkney died and following his death, Cliveden passed to his daughter and her husband, the Earl of Inchiquin. During their ownership Cliveden was let to Frederick, Prince of Wales, from 1739-1751.

    In 1795 a fire almost entirely destroyed the main block and the house lay derelict. Lady Orkney's grandson, the 5th Earl sold Cliveden in 1824, and Sir George Warrender eventually rebuilt the house in 1827 to Classical designs by William Burn. In 1849 a few months after the purchase of Cliveden by the Duke of Sutherland, the rebuilt house was also destroyed by fire, and subsequently rebuilt to the designs of Sir Charles Barry in 1850-1.

    Cliveden then passed into possession of the Duke of Westminster. William Waldorf Astor bought Cliveden in 1893 and renovated the building from 1893-7. William was a sculptor and a patron of sculpture and the rooms reflected his interest. He handed Cliveden to his son on his marriage to Nancy Langhorne in 1905. In 1942 Cliveden was given to the National Trust. In 1967 The Executors of the late Viscount Astor instructed the sale of Furniture and Effects removed from Cliveden.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the American Nancy Langhorne was to become Nancy Astor (1879-1964) the first woman M.P in the British House of Commons.
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