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A pair of George III carved mahogany armchairs, circa 1760
ensuite with previous lot and later upholstered in silk linen with embroidered wool 'crewel' work, formerly with castors
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Formerly in the collection of Jeremy Cotton Esq., Tythrop Park, Buckinghamshire until sold Christie's London, 27 April 1995, lot 28.

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This and the previous pair of armchairs (lot 33) were formerly in the collection of Jeremy Cotton Esq. at Tythrop Park, Buckinghamshire.  Tythrop Park is renowned for its connection to the Herbert family of Wilton and the famous carved staircase by Edward Pierce displays the Wilton Coat-of-Arms. In the mid-1960s Mr. Cotton restored the 17th-century manor house to the outline shown in a print from 1680, where he housed some exceptional pieces of Georgian furniture including the famous Craven urns and pedestals, now it The Gernstenfeld Collection (see E. Lennox-Boyd (ed.), Masterpieces of English Furniture: The Gerstenfeld Collection, p. 16, fig. 6).

These richly-carved and elegantly bowed armchairs are inspired by Thomas Chippendale’s designs for ‘French’ easy-chairs from his pattern book The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director, 1762, pl. XXIII, and probably came from a much larger suite such as those supplied to the Duke of Bolton for Hackwood Park, Hampshire. At present their provenance remains a tantalising mystery but we can say with certainty that they were part of an important commission. Further chairs from this suite recorded to date include a pair of armchairs sold Bonhams, Fine English and Works of Art, 11 March 2009, lot 19 (£78,000); a pair sold Christie’s London, 5 July 1990, lot 122 and again Christie’s London, 8 July 1999, lot 15 (£122,000), which remain in a private collection. Two further pairs were advertised by Hotspur Ltd in the Grosvenor House Fair Exhibition Catalogue of 1998, two of which were illustrated in N. Goodison and R. Kern, Hotspur: Eighty Years of Antique Dealing, 2004, p.147, fig 13.

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