A PAIR OF GEORGE II CARVED MAHOGANY OPEN ARMCHAIRS, CIRCA 1755
with stuffed seats in contemporary gros and petit point needlework, on leaf carved cabriole front legs and outswept rear legs with brass and leather castors, en suite with previous lot
Introductory General Comments:
This suite of seat furniture has almost certainly been at Spetchley since it was made, it has been used and played a part in a busy household and this wear shows, as to be expected, and is commensurate with age and use. There are obviously old marks and scratches and some minor chipping to carved detail and some chair arms are a little loose. There are some colour variations, again as to be expected, from light. There is evidence of old worm to inside seat rails under each seat – which is no longer active and these rails are stable. More notable condition comments are specified below. Any historic repairs appear to have been done in an ‘estate’ workshop over the centuries
Generally with subtle/small variations the armchair sizes are as follows:
Overall - 98cm. High, 74cm. wide, 69cm. deep (taken at widest point)
Height of seat from floor. 41cm High.
Embroidered seat area (front to back) 55cm. by 67cm.
Chair 1 (right side of catalogue photograph):
Small chip to style below left arm. Scuffs to outer side of left arm. Very small chip below castors on one front right foot. Crack to shoe to left of splat. Chip to outside edge of left actual arm scroll.
Chair 2 (left side of catalogue photograph):
Chip to scroll to top of top rail adjacent to left ear. Lacking one cross brace to underside of seat, easily replaced. Ear missing to front of left side of leg.
Faded colour overall, with areas of foundation textile support exposed, and lacking in small areas of some. Covers likely to have been removed and replaced at some point. Areas of repair, and areas around back legs with cuts and joins to fit, and fold over the stretcher in some. The area above the seat-rail has different levels of repair, distress, which is commensurate with being on front edge of the seat. The centre of the seats have more distress than other areas, especially the ground canvas around the central flower motif. Different areas of mustard ground now extant. They are particularly dirty, with some additional surface marks, and discoloured and are in need professional attention.
There are some surface speckles of grey dirt to one of seat covers, top right corner, with some hand repairs to the light areas in areas across the seat rail section of both
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Probably acquired by Robert Berkeley (1713-1804)
Inventory, 1893, ‘8 Large Chippendale Arm-chairs in Needlework' in the Corridors and Landing;
‘Spetchley Park - I. Worcestershire, The Seat of Mr. R. V. Berkeley', Country Life, 8 July 1916, p. 46, one from the set of eight illustrated in the Drawing Room;
Inventory, 1949, 'An important set of eight Chippendale armchairs, with upright pierced splats to the backs, daintily carved with ‘C’ scrolls, shapes arms, carved with acanthus on carved cabriole legs with scroll toes. The upholstered seats are covered with panels of petit-point needlework of the period' in the Drawing Room