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An unusual suite of Victorian ivory painted seat furniture, circa 1860, possibly by Wright and Mansfield

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

1,500

to
- 2,500 GBP

An unusual suite of Victorian ivory painted seat furniture, circa 1860, possibly by Wright and Mansfield

An unusual suite of Victorian ivory painted seat furniture, circa 1860, possibly by Wright and Mansfield

Estimate:

1,500

to
- 2,500 GBP

Lot sold:

2,142

GBP

An unusual suite of Victorian ivory painted seat furniture

circa 1860, possibly by Wright and Mansfield


comprising an open armchair and four side chairs, the galleried top rail above fluted columns, with a galleried seat rail raised on fluted turned tapering legs

Armchair: Height to back rest 94cm., seat 49cm. wide x 48cm. deep Side chair: Height to back rest 88cm., seat 42.5cm wide x 34cm. deep


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Acquired by Dudley Coutts Marjoribanks, 1st Lord Tweedmouth, (1820-1894);
Presumably acquired by Sir Wyndham Knatchbull 12th Bart. (1844-1917) from the above.
Arthur T. Bolton, ‘Mersham le Hatch’, Country Life, 26 March 1921, one photographed in the hall, p. 370;
Inventory, 1926, one in the 'Bow Room' p. 5, the armchair in the south room, p. 29;
John Cornforth, London Interiors from the Archives of Country Life, London, 2000, one photographed in Lady Tweedmouth's boudoir, Brook House, London, circa 1902, pp. 130-1.
These chairs can be seen in Lady Tweedmouth's boudoir at Brook House. The house was built to the designs of T. H. Wyatt in 1867-69 with lavish interiors and furniture designed by Wright and Mansfield.

Sir Wyndham Knatchbull acquired furniture following his alterations to Mersham in the early 1870s. This buying included a large group of similarly painted seat furniture, attributed to George Seddon (from which a group of twelve chairs were sold Christie's London, 6 April 1995, lot 226). These pieces were bought in 1870 from John Thellusson, 2nd Baron Rendlesham (d. 1832) who had commissioned them for Brodsworth, Yorkshire. What is interesting about this acquisition, is Sir Wyndham's recognition of the good value in sourcing relatively new furniture on the secondary market, presumably acquiring the present lot for Mersham between 1902 and 1905.