These chairs with their distinctive backs are based on a set of chairs which are virtually identical believed to have been supplied by Giles Grendey for Henry Hoare at Stourhead, Wiltshire and which are illustrated in R. Macquoid and R. Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, 1954, vol. I, p.275.
Giles Grendey was an important cabinet maker producing furniture of exceptional quality who originally established his workshop at St. Paul`s, Covent Garden early in 18th century. By 1720 he had moved to premises in St. John`s Square, Clerkenwell. Unusually among English cabinet makers of this period , he seems to have developed a thriving export trade . One of his most notable clients was the Duke of Infantado for whose castle in northern Spain, Grendey supplied a seventy-two piece suite of scarlet-japanned seat and cabinet furniture, some of which is now in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and Temple Newsam, Leeds.
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