PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE NEW YORK COLLECTION
A SET OF FIVE ENGLISH EMBROIDERY AND RAISED-WORK PANELS DEPICTING CHINOISERIE SCENES, EARLY 18TH CENTURY
height 75 ¼ in.; width 25 in. framed
191 cm; 63.5 cm
In general, there are splits to the backgrounds of the panels (visible in the online images). Small areas of losses to threads and lifting to threads and design elements. The cream colored silk in areas, including the table with porcelain vessels and the banderole attached to the spire above the pagoda, have losses and are very dry. There is wear particularly to cut velvet areas and some losses and refreshed paint including to some hands and faces. Some chips and scratches to frames. Overall, quality is very good and colors are strong.
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.
These panels are inspired by tapestries woven with fanciful Chinoiserie scenes on a dark brown ground, first designed by the Huguenot weaver John Vanderbank, who held the position of Yeoman Arras-Maker to the Great Wardrobe, supplying the royal family from his premises in Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London, from 1689 until his death in 1717. Vanderbank provided a series of such tapestries, described as 'after the Indian manner', to Queen Mary at Kensington Palace during the 1690s, and the style proved popular and was produced more widely by both Vanderbank and other London tapestry workshops operating in Soho in the early 18th century.