A PAIR OF SILVERED AND CARVED GROTTO ARMCHAIRS, PROBABLY ENGLISH LATE 19TH CENTURY/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
A PAIR OF SILVERED AND CARVED GROTTO ARMCHAIRS, PROBABLY ENGLISH LATE 19TH CENTURY/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
A PAIR OF SILVERED AND CARVED GROTTO ARMCHAIRS, PROBABLY ENGLISH LATE 19TH CENTURY/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
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Property of a Private Collector

A PAIR OF SILVERED AND CARVED GROTTO ARMCHAIRS, PROBABLY ENGLISH LATE 19TH CENTURY/EARLY 20TH CENTURY

Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 GBP

Property of a Private Collector

A PAIR OF SILVERED AND CARVED GROTTO ARMCHAIRS, PROBABLY ENGLISH LATE 19TH CENTURY/EARLY 20TH CENTURY

Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 GBP

Lot Sold:12,500GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property of a Private Collector

A PAIR OF SILVERED AND CARVED GROTTO ARMCHAIRS, PROBABLY ENGLISH LATE 19TH CENTURY/EARLY 20TH CENTURY


with a pencil inscription underneath reading 'Sir Osbert Sitwell, Carlisle Square'


Condition Report

In overall good conserved condition. Minor losses to gilding throughout. Minor chips and scratches to surface, consistent with age and use. Cracks along the construction lines as visible on the seat rail. One armrest of each armchair is slightly loose. The front left leg of one chair shows evidence of a break which has been restored. Similarly, the central finial of each stretcher shows signs of a break which has been restored. Sound and sturdy. An intriguing pair.


"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."

Saleroom Notice

Please note these chairs gilt and not as stated in the printed catalogue.

Cataloguing

Provenance

Sir Osbert Sitwell, London

Catalogue Note

The pencil inscription under these armchairs suggests the English writer Sir Osbert Sitwell (1892-1969) owned this pair of chairs at his house in Chelsea. No.2 Carlyle Square quickly became for Osbert and his siblings Edith and Sacheverell a backdrop for entertainment and poetry readings. The whimsical interior with a large collection of 'grotto' furniture was renowned and highly influential at the time and underlines Osbert's interest in the repertoire of dolphins, seen on his ex-libris. A similar armchair was sold Christie's London, 25 September 2007, lot 688.

STYLE: Private Collections
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