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A pair of late George II carved mahogany armchairs, circa 1755-60, almost certainly by Thomas Chippendale

A pair of late George II carved mahogany armchairs, circa 1755-60, almost certainly by Thomas Chippendale

A pair of late George II carved mahogany armchairs, circa 1755-60, almost certainly by Thomas Chippendale

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A pair of late George II carved mahogany armchairs, circa 1755-60, almost certainly by Thomas Chippendale


the padded back, arms and seats with close-nailed leather upholstery, the arms with acanthus carved terminals on scrolled downswept supports, with a scrolled and serpentine presentation rail centred by a foliate clasp, the cabriole front legs headed by carved acanthus on scrolled feet, the tapering rear legs on club feet

General: These armchairs are seminal pieces in the canon of English furniture almost certainly by Thomas Chippendale. Leather in reasonable order with some splits to seats. Surface with later polish and with some localised wax filler and areas of darker stain - this surface could be improved significantly with further conservation. Old, marks and scratches and raised detail with typical minor chips and nibbles (eg acanthus cartouche to each leg knee). Interestingly, the serpentine moulding to seat rails is built up from scraps of timber and conforms with the suite Chippendale supplied to Dumfries House. Baton holes to seat rails indicate the chairs where supplied to a house outside of London. Formerly fitted with castors.


Chair 1: 

Consolidated repairs to some joins, notable to one arm rest where it joins its upright support. Section of shaped moulded presentation rail to return with small loss to lower edge (9cm.) and evidence that this section has been re-attached at some stage with separations at each end. The opposing rail with similar separations, crack and hairline fractures. The underside with evidence of historic worm no longer active but some corresponding minor fragmentation at these sites - which is sound. Drilled holes for strengthening screws and some vacant holes possibly from transit baton supports. Re-blocking to front corners. Glued canvas tape to consolidate rails as to be expected. Inked number to rear seat rail 'A3913' (modern). Apertures from former castors and one rear leg lacking replaced metal pad.


Chair 2:

One armchair with repaired break (2.5cm.) to the colour where it meets it leather pad. One c-scroll of return on seat rail of the same chair with repaired break, which is loosening. There is a 5cm secured split to the rail at this site. The underside with baton transit holes, replaced brackets to front corners. Evidence of historic worm no longer active. Minor variations and wear to the supporting timbers employed to build up the front rail of each. Inked number to rear seat rail 'A3913' (modern). Rear leg with patch to underside at castor aperture site. Front carved leg with filler to back possibly from historic trauma.


Approximate measurements:

overall height 104cm.

overall width of seat 72cm.

internal depth of seat 60cm.



"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."

Christie's New York, Important English and Continental Furniture, 8 March 1981, lot 212.