A Regency Scottish mahogany bergere attributed to William Trotter

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Lot 549
A Regency Scottish mahogany bergere
attributed to William Trotter

Sold for £ 7,500 (US$ 10,406) inc. premium
A Regency Scottish mahogany bergere
attributed to William Trotter
Upholstered in burgundy leather, the over-scrolled top rail carved with scrolls and acanthus leaves above a deep buttoned padded back, the downswept arms above carved side panels, on lotus carved and moulded scroll supports, the buttoned close nailed seat, on turned and reeded tapering legs, brass cappings and castors.

Footnotes

  • A closely related armchair by William Trotter was supplied to the Signet Library in Edinburgh in 1822, see F.Bamford, Dictionary of Edinburgh Furniture Makers, Leeds,1983, pp.32-35, pl.70a and 70b.

    William Trotter (1772-1833), an eminent Scottish cabinetmaker, traded from 9 Princes Street (the site on which the 'Balmoral Hotel' stands today). He was born into a family of merchants, descended on the maternal side from the family of John Knox, and around 1790 he entered his father's employment. He became a member of The Merchant Company in 1797 and by 1809 he was sole proprietor of the firm Young & Trotter. In 1814-15 he furnished the library and picture gallery which the architect Robert Reid had added to Paxton House for George Home. His work was characterised by the use of fine quality materials, bold carving and the occasional use of brass inlay, and he was always acutely aware of his customers' expectations. At Paxton in particular he created a number of pieces specifically intended to display marble tablets collected by George Home on a Grand Tour in the 1770's, and in his letter accompanying his initial estimate for the work he wrote 'I mean them all of solid rose wood- and would wish as much carving upon them as possible'. (Sebastian Pryke, Paxton House, Berwickshire - II, Country Life, 6 May, 1993, p.62).In 1819 he was elected master of The Merchant Company and from 1825-27 he was Lord Provost of Edinburgh.
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A Regency Scottish mahogany bergere attributed to William Trotter
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