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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