PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION
A PAIR OF GEORGE II CARVED MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIRS, CIRCA 1740
height 40 ¾ in.; width 22 in.; length 23 in.
113.7 cm; 55.9 cm; 58.4 cm
Overall very good condition with very good old waxed patination with good depth and contrast of the color between the carving and the flat surfaces. Usual old scratches and scuffs overall, some rubbing to relief carved elements on crest rail and knees. One carved scroll element crest rail lacking. Small losses and replacements to some of the talons. One drop-in seat frame later.
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The Art Institute of Chicago
Sold Sotheby's New York, 26 January 2000, lot 264
With Devenish, New York
Sotheby's New York, Tom Devenish: The Collection, 24 April 2008, lot 68
The unusual inclusion of a stretcher joining the back legs, the finely sculpted claw-and-ball feet with distinctive open talons and refined asymmetrical acanthus-carved knees all suggest these chairs were produced by an important regional workshop outside London, possibly in the North of England or Ireland.
The intricately drawn and pierced splat is reminiscent of chair designs published by the painter William de la Cour in his First Book of Ornament in 1741. A set of four similar chairs was sold Sotheby's Parke Bernet, New York, 21 October 1978, lot 387, and a further related group of four sold Sotheby's New York, 25 January 1986, lot 145. Both sets have comparable designs to the splat but with variations and uncarved crest rails.