A pair of Chinese Export hardwood armchairs, probably Canton, circa 1760
25,000 - 35,000 GBP
A pair of Chinese Export hardwood armchairs
probably Canton, circa 1760
in late George II style, the pierced interlaced backsplat carved with eagle heads with outswept scrolled armrests, the drop-in seat on acanthus carved cabriole claw and ball front feet
In overall good condition. This hardwearing material displaying a few minor old marks, scuffs and scratches. Surface apparently re-polished however they retain a good colour and are ready to place.
"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."
Carl L. Crossman, The Decorative Arts of the China Trade: Paintings, furnishings and exotic curiosities, Woodbridge, 1991, pp. 220-234.
These chairs are a wonderful example of hardwood furniture manufactured in Canton for export which were modelled after English designs or prototypes. Furniture of this type was probably made to special order, perhaps for a member of the British East India Company posted in China or other company outposts. Interestingly, the design of the interlaced back splat - with scrolls terminating in eagle's heads - relates to a number of examples of Irish origin (see those illustrated The Knight of Glin and James Peill, Irish Furniture, Yale University Press, 2007, p. 213, figs. 38 & 39).