A SET OF EIGHT IRISH GEORGE III MAHOGANY HALL CHAIRS, LATE 18TH CENTURY/EARLY 19TH CENTURY
A SET OF EIGHT IRISH GEORGE III MAHOGANY HALL CHAIRS, LATE 18TH CENTURY/EARLY 19TH CENTURY
A SET OF EIGHT IRISH GEORGE III MAHOGANY HALL CHAIRS, LATE 18TH CENTURY/EARLY 19TH CENTURY
A SET OF EIGHT IRISH GEORGE III MAHOGANY HALL CHAIRS, LATE 18TH CENTURY/EARLY 19TH CENTURY
A SET OF EIGHT IRISH GEORGE III MAHOGANY HALL CHAIRS, LATE 18TH CENTURY/EARLY 19TH CENTURY
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KILLADOON HOUSE, PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT IRISH ESTATE

A SET OF EIGHT IRISH GEORGE III MAHOGANY HALL CHAIRS, LATE 18TH CENTURY/EARLY 19TH CENTURY

Estimate: 15,000 - 25,000 GBP

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KILLADOON HOUSE, PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT IRISH ESTATE

A SET OF EIGHT IRISH GEORGE III MAHOGANY HALL CHAIRS, LATE 18TH CENTURY/EARLY 19TH CENTURY

Estimate: 15,000 - 25,000 GBP

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Description

KILLADOON HOUSE, PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT IRISH ESTATE


A SET OF EIGHT IRISH GEORGE III MAHOGANY HALL CHAIRS, LATE 18TH CENTURY/EARLY 19TH CENTURY


with tapered scrolled backs, panelled and painted with the Clements family crest, the panelled and scrolled seat on X-frame supports with paw feet, one chair lacking a back leg

Condition Report

A wonderful model in overall reasonable country house condition with evidence of much use and wear and therefore displaying conforming restorations. Variations to colour across the set as visible in the catalogue image, and two chair apparently re-polished some time ago. Painted crests with minor scratches and losses. The polish to one painted crest has been remove revealing the brilliant blue original surface. Old marks, scuffs and scratches to frames throughout. Two missing ears to lower section, one to the lower left of one chair and one to right of another chair. Possibly some replacements to others. One chair with splice repair to front legs. One chair with age splits to seat and one ear recently re-attached and with movement to back legs which will required attention. One chair lacking lower section of one back leg, as stated in the catalogue, which will require replacement. Repaired break to front left of one which will require attention. Evidence of minor old worm activity which no longer appears to be active. Generally this set would benefit from further conservation. Interestingly two examples from the set are slightly heavier, with a thicker gauge to the backrests, although they are certainly en suite and of the period and part of the set of 8 listed in 1807. Generally of superb quality.


"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."

Cataloguing

Provenance

Probably supplied to Robert Clements, 1st Earl of Leitrim (1732-1804)

Literature

Inventory, 26th September 1807, ‘8 Mahogany chairs with crest painted’ in the Entrance Hall;

Inventory, 10th February 1812, ‘Eight Hall Chairs’ in the Entrance Hall;

Inventory, April 1830, ‘Eight Hall Chairs’ in the Entrance Hall;

Inventory, 27th June 1836, ‘Eight mahogany Grecian Hall chairs Lord Leitrim’s crest and coronet painted upon each’ in the Entrance Hall;

John Cornforth, 'Killadoon, Co Kildare - I', Country Life, 15 January 2004, p. 48, fig. 3;

The Knight of Glin and James Peill, Irish Furniture, Yale, 2007, p. 185, fig. 249;

The Knight of Glin and James Peill, The Irish Country House, China, 2010, pp. 138, 140-141.

Catalogue Note

Emblazoned with the Clements family crest, this set of hall chairs was probably supplied to Robert Clements, 1st Earl of Leitrim (1732-1804) shortly after the creation of his Earldom in 1795. Clearly influenced by the output of Thomas Hope, with their exaggerated scrolled backs, cross-frame legs and hairy lion-paw feet, the form would have appealed to the antiquarian sensibilities of Robert Clements who undertook his first Grand Tour in 1753-54.

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