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A pair of George II carved mahogany ‘smoking’ corner chairs, probably Lancashire, third quarter 18th century, possibly by Robert Gillow & Son

VAT reduced rateUK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

4,000 - 6,000 GBP

Property from the Curwen collections at Workington Hall, Ewanrigg Hall and Belle Isle, Cumbria

A pair of George II carved mahogany ‘smoking’ corner chairs, probably Lancashire, third quarter 18th century, possibly by Robert Gillow & Son

A pair of George II carved mahogany ‘smoking’ corner chairs, probably Lancashire, third quarter 18th century, possibly by Robert Gillow & Son

Estimate:

4,000 - 6,000 GBP

Lot sold:

5,040

GBP

Property from the Curwen collections at Workington Hall, Ewanrigg Hall and Belle Isle, Cumbria

A pair of George II carved mahogany ‘smoking’ corner chairs, probably Lancashire, third quarter 18th century, possibly by Robert Gillow & Son


the yoke form top rail with pierced interlaced splats headed interspersed with columnar supports, the drop in seats with later silk damask upholstery above a moulded seat rail with a c-scroll and rocaille carved pierced apron, on acanthus carved carbiole legs with pierced claw and ball feet, en suite with previous lot

In overall reasonable conserved condition, the colour and boldly craved detail of particular note. Frames sound and sturdy. One chair with repaired break to top rail and the other with fillet repair to armrest. Generally the frame with typical chips and bruising. One claw foot with loss to talon and repaired break to the same leg. Drop in seats later and would benefit from re-covering as upholstery is stained and worn. A characterful pair of smoking chairs.


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Probably Henry Curwen (1730-1778) for Workington Hall, Cumbria and removed to Homeacres, Carlisle before 1949 after Workington Hall was given up in the 1930s;
Thence by descent.
A Schedule & Appraisement of the Household Goods and Furniture in Workington Hall which the late Henry Curwen died Proffered of, 1778, probably from the suite of '14 Chairs with claws, 2 Smoking Chairs Do' listed in the Dining Room, p. 1 (Cumbria Archives, DCU/7/1);
Inventory of the contents of Workington Hall, made by Messrs J R Mitchell and Sons, auctioneers & valuers of Cockermouth, 21 August 1931, the 'Two Chippendale Corner Arm Chairs with Claw and Ball and Club Feet' listed in the Library, pp. 16 & 18 (Cumbria Archives, DCU/1/217);
Copy of inventory of the furniture, pictures, silver, E.P.N.S. ware, Sheffield plate and china, the property of Mrs Isabel M Chance, Homeacres, Carlisle. By Telford & Scott, auctioneers & valuers, Carlisle, December 1949, the 'Pair Chippendale Mahogany Angle Chairs Chairs with loose tapestry seats, with claw and ball front supports', p. 2 (Cumbria Archives DCU/1/253).
For comparison, see the 'smoking chair' drawing in Gillows' Estimate Sketch Book from 1787 and illustrated Lindsay Boyton, Gillow Furniture Design, 1760-1800, Bloomfield Press, 1995, p. 175 (monochrome illustration 244).