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A pair of George III giltwood bergères, attributed to Thomas Chippendale
upholstered in white calico, frieze with alterations including later tablet, re-gilt
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Provenance

Acquired from Mallett & Son (Antiques) Ltd., London, 1968.

Catalogue Note

This pair of bergères is a fine example of what Christopher Gilbert describes as the ‘uniform character’ of Thomas Chippendale’s neo-Classical designs from the 1770’s. The combination of motifs resonates closely with a suite of eight armchairs ordered for the library at Harewood House, circa 1771[1]. The acanthus cresting and husk border, classically fluted seat rail and anthemion headed cabriole legs, all conform closely to the Harewood suite, although the central frieze tablets of the present bergères are later augmentations. In addition to these stylistic affinities, the present bergères also have the constructional characteristics associated to Chippendale's workshop, including V-shaped notches and baton-holes to the seat rails.

[1] Christopher Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, London, 1978, 2 Vols, Vol. II, pl.197. p.114.

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