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A set of fourteen George III carved mahogany dining chairs by Gillows, 1784

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

8,000 - 12,000 GBP

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

A set of fourteen George III carved mahogany dining chairs by Gillows, 1784

A set of fourteen George III carved mahogany dining chairs by Gillows, 1784

Estimate:

8,000 - 12,000 GBP

Lot sold:

10,080

GBP

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

A set of fourteen George III carved mahogany dining chairs by Gillows, 1784


comprising two armchairs and twelve side chairs, the shaped backrest with neoclassical baluster-form splats and fluted shoe, the armchairs with acanthus carved armrests on downswept fluted supports, each on square tapering fluted legs with H-stretchers and chamfered back legs, seats with later ivory silk damask upholstery

This well used set of dining chairs displays numerous - but very typical – restorations some of which are relatively crude ‘estate’ repairs but the frames are therefore sound and sturdy. Three chairs with metal bracket repairs to breaks at join of uprights and top rail. Evidence of further remedial work to breaks/splits/losses at these sites and other joins such as the H-stretcher, rear legs and splats with the odd noticeable peg/dowel repair. Some H-stretchers apparently replaced. Some seat rails re-enforced with corner bracket and some replacements to rails (at least 5 with rear rails replaced). Upholstery is a bit grubby and worn and would benefit from replacement. Reeded legs with typical chips and fragmentation and at least four back legs with sizeable chips to feet. One carver slightly faded in colour. A lovely model, generally very good colour and quality of execution.



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Supplied to John Christian Curwen (1756–1828) for Ewanrigg Hall, Cumbria,and probably removed to Belle Isle, Windermere, after Ewanrigg Hall was demolished in 1903;
Thence by descent.
Waste Book, 8 October 1784, p. 907 (Westminster Archives Centre, 344/9);
Inventory of the contents of Belle Isle, Windermere, made by Messrs J R Mitchell and Sons, auctioneers & valuers of Cockermouth, March 1930, the '2 Arm and 12 Ordinary Chairs in mahogany inlaid with plush seats' listed in the Entrance Hall, p. 3 (Cumbria Archives, DCU/1/218);
E. W. Hodge, ‘Belle Isle – II, Westmorland’, Country Life, 10 August 1940, p. 122, fig. 6.

RELATED LITERATURE

Lindsay Boyton, Gillow Furniture Design, 1760-1800, Bloomfield Press, 1995, p. 176 (monochrome illustration 276);
Susan E. Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London, 1730-1840, 2008, Antique Collectors' Club, 2008, Vol. I, pp. 177-179, Pls. 140-143.