The present chairs closely relate to a design by Gillows in their Estimate Sketch Book of about 1775 for a chair `With upright baluster splats', illustrated in Lindsay Boynton in Gillow Furniture Designs 1760-1800, 1995, Herts., pl.248, see illus. and numbered 9 in the Workmen`s Agreement of 1785.
A large set of chairs with backs and carved legs of almost identical design to the present lot have been identified as being made by Gillows in 1779 and ordered by `Mr Stanley of Liverpool' for a kinsman and delivered in October 1779. Gillows described them as: `...20 neat mahogany chairs wth. 3 upright open splats & moulded backs & front legs ca 17s. 6d..'. The chairs which differ from the present lot in that they have stuffed seats rather then drop-in seats are illustrated in Susan Stuart Gillows of Lancaster and London 1730-1840, 2008, 2 Vols., Vol. I, pp.176-177, illus. pl.139.
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