These chairs successfully combine two of the predominant styles of the day, namely, the gothic and rococo decoration popularised by pattern books such as Thomas Chippendale’s famous The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker’s Director which wasfirst published in 1754.
The present chairs are undoubtedly influenced by several published designs, perhaps most notably the ‘Backs of Chairs’ illustrated in the 3rd Edition of The Director, 1763 (Plate XVI).
Generally in reasonably good restored condition. Frames sound and sturdy. Minor movement to joints to back splats on some examples. One back splat with minor repaired break to reverse. Chip to scroll terminal of one armrest. Movement and small break to armrest of one armchair at joint with upright. Upholstery with typical marks, stains and minor tears to corners - both armchairs with noticeable staining - and suite would benefit from professional cleaning. Rear seat rails with later strengthening batons. Old scuffs and scratches to frames, notably to legs with scuffing and typical signs of wear consistent with age an use. Chairs would benefit from a good waxing according to taste. A long, well drawn and carved set of dining chairs. "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."