A SET OF SIX GEORGE II WALNUT SIDE CHAIRS IN THE MANNER OF GILES GRENDEY, CIRCA 1735
A SET OF SIX GEORGE II WALNUT SIDE CHAIRS IN THE MANNER OF GILES GRENDEY, CIRCA 1735
A SET OF SIX GEORGE II WALNUT SIDE CHAIRS IN THE MANNER OF GILES GRENDEY, CIRCA 1735
A SET OF SIX GEORGE II WALNUT SIDE CHAIRS IN THE MANNER OF GILES GRENDEY, CIRCA 1735
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Property from the Van Cortlandt House Museum, Sold to Benefit Future Acquisitions

A SET OF SIX GEORGE II WALNUT SIDE CHAIRS IN THE MANNER OF GILES GRENDEY, CIRCA 1735

Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 USD

Property from the Van Cortlandt House Museum, Sold to Benefit Future Acquisitions

A SET OF SIX GEORGE II WALNUT SIDE CHAIRS IN THE MANNER OF GILES GRENDEY, CIRCA 1735

Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 USD

Lot Sold:7,500USD

Lot Details

Description

Property from the Van Cortlandt House Museum, Sold to Benefit Future Acquisitions

A SET OF SIX GEORGE II WALNUT SIDE CHAIRS IN THE MANNER OF GILES GRENDEY, CIRCA 1735


each stamped IG on rear of back seat rail, with vase form splat backs, cabriole legs carved at the knee with shell and husk, joined by shaped stretchers

height 39 ¼in.; width 22 in.; depth 21 in.

99.5 cm; 56 cm; 53.5 cm


Condition Report

In good conserved condition. Some repairs to feet, one with repairs to shoe of splat, one with repair to proper left side, one with repairs to both stiles and some age splits to front rail, and another with repairs to stiles. A few small losses to veneer beginning to lift in places. Leather on three is torn and with losses not visible in catalogue photographs, leather on other three very distressed. One seat cushion frame later.


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.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Cataloguing

Provenance

Ginsberg & Levy, New York

Purchased for the Dining Room of the Van Cortlandt House by Mrs. Norbert C. Hansen, February 1971

Catalogue Note

This model of side chair with shell-carved knees, compass seats and scrolled crest rails was extremely popular during the in the early George II period of c.1725-40 and popularised by the workshop of the leading London cabinetmaker Giles Grendey (1693-1780). The first published reference to a shell-carved knee appears in an invoice sent by the London maker Thomas Roberts to Sir Robert Walpole in November 1728 for '12 fine Wallnuttree Chair Frames with Compass Seates a carved Shell on the Feet' (Adam Bowett, English Furniture, 1660–1714: From Charles II to Queen Anne, Woodbridge, England 2002, p.171-72).


The Van Cortlandt House is the oldest building in the borough of the Bronx, New York City, constructed in 1748 in the Georgian style by the wealthy merchant Frederick Van Cortlandt (1699–1749) on his family's plantation land in what was then a rural area. During the Revolutionary War it hosted the military leaders the Comte de Rochambeau, the Marquis de Lafayette, and George Washington. In 1889 Van Cortlandt's descendants sold the house and estate to the city of New York and it became Van Cortlandt park, the house opening as a museum in 1897.


STYLE: Furniture, Silver, Ceramics
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