A George III carved mahogany and parcel gilt Gainsborough chair, circa 1760, in the manner of Saunders and Bradshaw

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Lot 15TP
A George III carved mahogany and parcel gilt Gainsborough chair,
circa 1760, in the manner of Saunders and Bradshaw

Sold for £ 6,000 (US$ 7,555) inc. premium
A George III carved mahogany and parcel gilt Gainsborough chair,
circa 1760, in the manner of Saunders and Bradshaw
With scrolled acanthus and rosette clasped outswept arm terminals above an S-scroll and scrolled foliate carved seat frame centred by a shell to the front and a cabochon embedded spray to each side, on rocaille and shell wrapped cabriole front legs terminating in acanthus clasped scroll feet, with splayed rear legs, 69cm wide.

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    A.C.J. Wall Collection, Middleton Park, Oxon.

    A comparable Gainsborough chair to the offered lot appears illustrated in C.C. Stevens and S. Whittington, 18th Century English Furniture, The Norman Adams Collection, 1989, Woodbridge, p. 40.

    Also, a pair of related examples, which are parcel gilt in a similar way to the offered chair, feature in the same book, Ibid, pp.'s 41 & 45. These latter models have provenance to Hornby Castle, in Yorkshire, and were possibly supplied to the Duke of Leeds in circa 1760 during which time Hornby was being re-built and most likely also re-furbished.

    A.C.J. Wall, who was a successful business man born in Sutton Coldfield near Birmingham, amassed a significant collection of English 18th century furniture in conjunction with an impressive array of ceramics, gold boxes, silver, painting, works of art and Chinese porcelain. Wall housed his collection at Middleton Park, in Oxfordshire, which was the home he bought in 1946.

    Middleton Park
    During the 17th century a castle, which had in fact been built in the reign of King Stephen (1135-1154) within the proximity of the current Middleton Park, was purchased by John Harman of Taynton. John Harman's son then oversaw the construction of a mansion on the present day site of Middleton. Subsequently one of his descendants, called Edmund Denton, sold the property in 1711 to the Honourable Henry Boyle, who was a cousin to the renowned Earl of Burlington.

    After various other owners and architectural alterations, including a period during the mid-18th century when Middleton Park was under the tenure of William Villiers, the 3rd Earl of Jersey, the 19th century version of the house with its stone facade was ultimately demolished in the early 20th century. Following that, the celebrated architect Sir Edwin Lutyens was responsible for the building which still stands at Middleton today. Lutyens, who both designed and oversaw the construction of the current house during the period 1934-8, seemingly modelled it on great classical architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries, very much in keeping with the contents of its interior.
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A George III carved mahogany and parcel gilt Gainsborough chair, circa 1760, in the manner of Saunders and Bradshaw
A George III carved mahogany and parcel gilt Gainsborough chair, circa 1760, in the manner of Saunders and Bradshaw
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