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A pair of George II walnut and upholstered sofas
circa 1740
ACCÉDER AU LOT
326
A pair of George II walnut and upholstered sofas
circa 1740
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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A pair of George II walnut and upholstered sofas
circa 1740
upholstered in continental crewel work, on shell capped cabriole legs on claw and ball feet, the underside bearing a label for 'Frank Partridge Works of Art, 26 King Street, St James's and New York', also bearing manuscript label 'Blue Damask Room'
92cm. high, 173cm. wide, 74cm. deep
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Provenance

Probably supplied to James, 14th Earl of Morton for Dalmahoy House, Mid Lothian;
Mrs. Robert Emmet, sold Sotheby's, London, 27th October 1949, lot 158;
Christie's, London, 13th November 1997, lot 70

Description

The true provenance of the present pair of sofas only came to light in 1997 with the discovery of a small label underneath a pair of side chairs from the same suite (sold Christie's, London, 13th November 1997, lot 71); it reads ‘Dalmahoy’.

Dalmahoy House was built in Midlothian, near Edinburgh, in 1725 for George Dalrymple (d. 1745), a younger son of the Earl of Stair. The house was designed by Scotland’s foremost architect of the time, William Adam (1689–1748). In 1750 the house was sold to James Douglas, 14th Earl of Morton and remained in the family until 1935. The 14th Earl also owned Aberdour House in Fife, a 17th century mansion near the medieval fortification Aberdour Castle, which could have been an alternative home from which these sofas came (M. Dean and M. Miers, Scotland’s Endangered Houses, London 1990, p.44).

Thomas Chippendale’s prefatory note to the third edition of The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director, 1762, is testament to the patronage of the 14th Earl of Morton, explaining that the bed illustrated on plate XXXIX ‘has been made for the Earls of Dumfries and Morton’ (C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, London, 1978, vol. I, p. 139). Whilst Chippendale’s dealings with the Earl of Morton cannot be traced in any paper work, this reference affirms the quality of the furniture at Dalmahoy House.

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