Provenance & Patina: Important English Furniture from a West Coast Collection

Provenance & Patina: Important English Furniture from a West Coast Collection

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A Pair of George II Giltwood Side Chairs, Circa 1730

Auction Closed

June 18, 08:33 PM GMT


30,000 - 50,000 USD

Lot Details


each with a rectangular upholstered back and seat covered in 18th century crimson silk velvet re-applied on an ivory silk satin ground, on lion's mask monopodia ending in paw feet, with printed and inscribed Ann and Gordon Getty Collection inventory label

height 41 ¾ in.; width 27 in.; depth 28 in.

106 cm; 68.6 cm; 71.1 cm

Probably commissioned by George Lee, 2nd Earl of Lichfield (1690-1743) for Ditchley Park, Oxfordshire;

By descent to his daughter and co-heiress Lady Charlotte Lee (1724-1794), who married the 11th Viscount Dillon (1705-1787) in 1744;

Thence by descent to Harold Arthur, 17th Viscount Dillon, Sold by His Executors; Sotheby’s London, 26 May 1933, lot 145;

Acquired by Nancy and Ronald Tree coinciding with their purchase of Ditchley Park in 1933;

Thence by descent to Michael and Lady Anne Tree, née Cavendish, until sold, Property of the Lady Anne Tree, removed from Mereworth Castle, Kent; Christie's London, 23 May 1968, lot 114;

With Partridge, London;

The Property of a Nobleman; Christie's London, 27 June 1985, lot 184;

Ann and Gordon Getty, San Francisco, Christie's New York, 22 October 2022, lot 342.

A. Oswald, 'Ditchley - II. Oxfordshire. The Seat of Mr. Ronald Tree', Country Life, 16 June 1934, p. 625, fig. 6.

C. Hussey, English Country Houses: Early Georgian 1715-1760, London, 1955, p. 70, fig. 94. [The photographs were taken just before the 1933 sale; the illustrated chairs could be any one of the set of eight].

J. Cornforth, 'Ditchley Revisited', Country Life, 24 October 1985, p. 1174, fig. 3, 'A watercolour of the hall by Sebriakoff'. [This watercolor sold from the estate of Marietta Tree, Christie's New York, 17 October 1992, lot 27].

G. Beard and J. Goodison, English Furniture 1500-1840, London, 1987, p. 87 (one chair illustrated).

J. Cornforth, 'Ditchley Park, Oxfordshire - I: The Property of the Ditchley Foundation', Country Life, 17 November 1988, p. 104, fig. 11.

J. Cornforth, ‘Ditchley Park, Oxfordshire - II: The Property of the Ditchley Foundation’, Country Life, 24 November 1988, pp. 83-84.

B. Robert, Nancy Lancaster: Her Life, Her World, Her Art, New York, 1996, p. 203.

J. Cornforth, Early Georgian Interiors, New Haven, 2004, p. 294, fig. 390.