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Manner of George Smith
TEN REGENCY DINING CHAIRS
some branded 'E.T', including a pair of armchairs, two chairs with drop-in rush seats, re-decorated
painted beech, cane
19th century
Made circa 1810 and later.
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Provenance

Possibly eight acquired from Colefax & Fowler ‘a set of 8 single chairs and 2 armchairs regency rosewood grained’ for £95, 2 October 1946, (Laurence Olivier Archive, The British Library, London, Add MS 79839)

Literature

Cecily Finn, 'Den Förtrollande Ladyn’ [The Enchanting Lady], Bonniers Månadstidning, 1954, p. 35, figs. 3-4, illustrated in the drawing room and dining room at Durham Cottage, Chelsea;
Anthony Denney, ‘The Oliviers off stage’, House and Garden, May 1958, p. 62, p. 65, illustrated in Laurence's study and the dining room at Eaton Square, Belgravia;
Martin Wood, John Fowler, Prince of Decorators, London, 2007, p. 82, in the same rooms.

Catalogue Note

Martin Wood, op. cit. p. 82 writes, 'A pillared alcove, which opened off the hall, served as a dining room [at Eaton Square]... Black and gilt cane back chairs were chosen so as not to appear too heavy or solid in the confined space'.

Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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London