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A pair of George III carved mahogany library armchairs
circa 1765
ZU LOS SPRINGEN
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A pair of George III carved mahogany library armchairs
circa 1765
ZU LOS SPRINGEN

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A pair of George III carved mahogany library armchairs
circa 1765
each covered in floral gros-point needlework, with arched padded backs and arms on out scrolled foliate carved supports and padded serpentine seats with rocaille and scroll carved rails with acanthus capped cabriole legs on scrolled feet, the underside of one chair inscribed with ink, '1943.956. Fogg Museum', some later re-enforcement to the rails
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Provenienz

Fogg Art Museum;
Sold by the above, Sotheby’s New York, October 16th and 17th, 1987, ($80,000 hammer);
Purchased from Hotspur, London, 1988, (£160,000).

Katalognotizen

This particular design of armchair, with cabriole legs, curved arm supports and serpentine front rail, was named by Thomas Chippendale as “French Chairs with Elbows” in his publication The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director, pl.XIX, and was a particularly successful model.

Chippendale himself produced very similar French armchairs to the present lot. William, 5th Earl of Dumfries (d.1768), commissioned from the London cabinet-maker an impressive amount of furniture for Dumfries House in Scotland, which included the ‘Drawing Room Suite’ (Dumfries House, A Chippendale Commission, vol. 1, Christie’s catalogue, 12 July 2007, pp.104, lots 116-119). Comprising two sofas and fourteen armchairs, they are, as the present lot, a variation of Plate XIX and have a much subtler rococo feel and simpler carvings than the plates. Chippendale always followed his own designs freely and rarely repeated them. 

An identical armchair to the present lot – possibly part of the same suite – was sold with Christie’s London, 20 May 2010, ‘Régence to Fabergé: An Apartment by Jed Johnson’, lot 85, as attributed to Thomas Chippendale (£54,050).

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