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A set of six George II carved mahogany dining chairs

second quarter 18th century

Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 22,800 GBP
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88
A set of six George II carved mahogany dining chairs

second quarter 18th century

Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 22,800 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

The Age of Oak & Walnut

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A set of six George II carved mahogany dining chairs

second quarter 18th century

with scroll-carved fiddle backs and drop-in seats, on shell and leaf-carved cabriole legs, one bearing a label 'Mrs Thacker '
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Literature

John Andrews, British Antique Furniture, 4th Edition (Antique Collectors' Club), London, 2001, p. 120

Catalogue Note

These chairs, which are illustrated in Britain's best selling guide to English furniture, demonstrate the restraint of English chair design twenty years before the Chippendale period. Though carved, they rely more on form than surface adornment for their success. Their shell-carved knees, symbolising the watery birth of Venus, are beautifully carried over onto the seat apron: a rare feature which is almost always a sign of a top quality maker. Crisply carved acanthus on the 'ears' of the knees adds to the boldness of the leg design. The splat and stiles are kept relatively plain so as not to detract from the lower half of the chair.

Two closely related sets of chairs in mahogany and walnut sold in these rooms, 3 July 2003, lot 63 and 26 November 2003, lot 34.

The Age of Oak & Walnut

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