The present chair would have been ideally suited to the stylish sixth floor Park Avenue home, amongst other first rate needlepoint furniture. Adopting the French ‘Antique’ style it is in both design and make most associated with the work of George I’s cabinet maker James Moore (c. 1670 – 1726). Moore was one of the most celebrated makers of the day and completed several highly important commissions including Blenheim Palace for Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (1660 – 1744) and Cannons for James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos (1673 – 1744). The ribbon scrolling leaves and husks within the rich gilt work on the arms, frieze and cabriole legs are endemic of Moore’s works. A pair of upholstered stools, attributed to Moore, display very similar carving skills and decoration - formerly in the collection of the Earls of Wilton and sold Sotheby’s London, 29 November 2000, lot 31. Furthermore a suite delivered to Erthing Park, Denbighshire, by John Belchier (d. 1753), who was Moore’s sometime partner, shares highly similar design – especially the acanthus wrapped knees, see Edwards, R., The Dictionary of English Furniture, Vol I, 1954, p.260, fig. 104.
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