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A set of ten George II carved walnut and burr walnut veneered side chairs, circa 1740, attributed to Giles Grendey

A set of ten George II carved walnut and burr walnut veneered side chairs, circa 1740, attributed to Giles Grendey

A set of ten George II carved walnut and burr walnut veneered side chairs, circa 1740, attributed to Giles Grendey

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A set of ten George II carved walnut and burr walnut veneered side chairs, circa 1740, attributed to Giles Grendey


the vase shaped splat between scrolled uprights ending in a pronounced moulded shoe, with close-nailed green leather upholstered seats, the front rail centred with a stylised shell on cabriole legs headed by shell, bell-flower decoration and c-scrolls ending in claw and ball feet, one seat rail stamped 'AS' and another stamped 'AS' in two places

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A great model in overall in good conserved condition and ready to place. Upholstery generally good with some minor scratches from use. Each back has attractively figured walnut. Typical old marks and scratches throughout including clamp impressions to rails. Some chairs with historic re-railing as to be expected. Overall height 101cm., overall width 58cm., internal depth of seat 48cm.


Chair A

Shoe with evidence of historic repair. Separations to joins but sound and sturdy. Repaired break to scallop centering seat rail. Front rail with later support. Possibly repegged at the back of the rear legs. Later well done corner brackets to underside. Nibbles to rear pad.


Chair B

Historic veneer split to top of splat. Historic inset section of timber to reverse of cresting rail. Evidence of restored split to top of one back leg. One stamped 'AS'. Underside lacking one corner bracket. One repaired ear.


Chair C

Good. Historic worm damage not active. Filler to one from claw and ball foot.


Chair D

Historic crack to top of splat. Cresting rail at one point possibly detached with small section of inset chip. Repaired break to upright of backrest where it meets seat rail. Historic worm damage but sound and sturdy although consequent losses to raised detail. Repaired split to apron scallop. Later fillet support to rear seat rail. Corners with later angle brackets. 


Chair E (marked 2 in pen)

Split to back splat and evidence of repaired breaks to uprights. Dowel repair to upright securing constructional weakness. On rear foot with spliced repair and some consolidation. 


Chair F

Hairline split to splat veneer. Colour ever so slightly faded of splat. Underside with later corner brackets. Rear talon of one claw foot lacking. Spliced repair to rear seat rail. 


Chair G 

Consolidated repairs to joins of top rails and upright supports to back splat. Plug repairs to rear seat rail and lower part of uprights again to back rest. Spliced repair to one rear pad foot. Later fillet support to rear seat rail and all corners with later strengthening brackets. Historic worm to seat rails but sturdy and sound.


Chair H

Veneers with typical movement as to be expected. Consolidation to joins of top rail and uprights of back rest and notably a patch fillet repair to strengthen a historic break to lower section of upright. Only visible from behind. Underside with later angle corner brackets. Evidence of historic work but sturdy and sound. Scallop with historic repair. Two rails possibly replaced. 


Chair I

Consolidated repairs to top rail and joins of uprights. 


Chair J

Consolidated repairs to top rail and joins of uprights. Chip to front rail and later baton. Later angle brackets. Section of timber fillet visible to underside of one return rail. Historic worm but sound sturdy with minor losses to rails. 


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Formerly in the collection of the Dukes of Leeds at Hornby Castle, Yorkshire, eight of which were sold Christie's London, 10 June 1920, lot 98;
Christie's London, 19 November 1981, lot 116. 
P. Macquoid, ‘Furniture of the XVII & XVIII Centuries. Furniture at Hornby Castle’, Country Life, 30 March 1912, pp. 475-479;
P. Macquoid, ‘Hornby Castle Furniture’, Country Life Supplement, 27 September 1913, p.14;
P. Macquoid, ‘Furniture at Hornby Castle’, Country Life, 29 May 1920;
R. Edwards and P. Macquoid, The Dictionary of English Furniture, 1954, London, Vol. 1, p. 254, fig. 85.