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Details & Cataloguing

Defining an Era: The Collection of the Late Francis Egerton and Peter Maitland

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A pair of Anglo-Indian ivory side chairs
circa 1780, Murshidabad

Literature

 Amin Jaffer, Furniture from British India and Ceylon, 2001, pp.244-5.

Catalogue Note

The present chairs were made in Murshidabad from the third quarter of the eigtheenth century.

This fine pair of ivory chairs are closely related to armchairs in the Royal Collection, illustrated in Jane Roberts, George III & Queen Charlotte, Patronage, Collecting and Court Taste, 2004, p.381, pl. 478 . These chairs were probably acquired by Warren Hastings ( 1732-1818) and were subsequently presented by Mrs Hastings to Queeen Charlotte, circa 1784. These chairs were sold in Queen Charlotte`s sale at Christie`s 24-26th May 1819 as lot 53, bought by Swabey (£17); they appeared again in Lord Gwndyr`s sale at Christie`s, London, 21st May 1829, lot 70 and were purchased by E.H.Baldock for King George IV, £40.

The group owned by Queen Charlotte and subsequently sold by her executors included twenty pieces of ivory seat furniture. Lot 53 was described in the sale cataloge as `A PAIR of ARM CHAIRS, of solid ivory, richly gilt, the arms terminated by carvings of tiger heads, the seats of crimson velvet'. Lot  54 was described ` A pair of DITTO CHAIRS, without arms., Lot 55 ` DITTO.'  The form of the present lot is very similar to the pair of armchairs and it is possible that it could have been either lot 54 or 55.

Defining an Era: The Collection of the Late Francis Egerton and Peter Maitland

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London