This type of painted Regency chair is absolutely typical of seat furniture supplied by John Fowler and Sibyl Colefax to their clients at the time Vivien was decorating Durham Cottage and Notley Abbey. A similar chair appears in a photograph of the library at Notley, circa 1959.
Cane back panel is painted. Rubbing to later paint surface revealing beech surface. Later cushion with old marks. Wear and old marks and scratches throughout - consistent with age and use. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."