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  - A Fine George II Period Carved Mahogany Corner Chair

A Fine George II Period Carved Mahogany Corner Chair

English, circa 1755

£14,500

Height: 31 in (79 cm)
Width: 30 1/2 in (80 cm)
Depth: 27 in (69 cm)

The curved top rail finely carved with acanthus and outswept arms supported by three finely fluted columns and back splats pierced with a trellis design and carved with C scrolls and leaf work. The upholstered drop in seat covered with a contemporary silk over four chamfered legs with stretchers and corner brackets with similar pierced design and C scrolls.

Ref 875


  -  THE EARL OF HARDWICKE’S GILDED ARMCHAIRS

Attributed to John Linnell

THE EARL OF HARDWICKE’S GILDED ARMCHAIRS Attributed to John Linnell

English, circa 1770

£120,000

The upholstered back with serpentine top rail. The scrolling arms moulded and carved with husks and applied paterae. The gilt frames carved with fluting and beaded applied moulding over the four out swept legs, carved with stylised acanthus leaves.
These chairs retain the majority of their original gilding.

H: 39 ½ in (100 cm)
W: 26 in (66cm)
D: 28 in (71 cm)

Provenance:
Philip Yorke, 2nd Earl of Hardwicke, probably for 4 St James’s Square, London

Philip Yorke, (1720-1790) succeeded as second Earl of Hardwicke in 1764 and represented Reigate and Cambridgeshire in the House of Commons as well as serving as Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire. He married Lady Jemima Campbell, daughter of the 3rd Earl of Breadalbane, granddaughter and Heiress of Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Kent. She succeeded as Marchioness Grey in 1722.

The Earl owned multiple properties, including Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire; Wrest Park, Bedfordshire and a townhouse at no.4 St James’s Square, London. Interestingly, at this time, when pieces of furniture were commissioned for country houses, they would have been transported by cart for delivery and therefore would have been secured to batons screwed to the rails. These chairs have no baton holes underneath and therefore are most likely to have been designed specifically for the Earl for his London home at St James’s Square.

Sir William Chambers and John Linnell

It is documented that Sir William Chambers wrote to the Earl of Hardwicke in 1767, and visited his London house the same year. Chambers also worked with Yorke at Wrest Park, however it is likely that the pair was designed specifically for the London Town House.
Chambers’ relationship with Linnell is not particularly well documented, however, a close connection between the two men can be linked between Linnell’s employment of two Swedish cabinet-makers at his Berkeley Square workshop in 1767/8; Georg Haupt and his brother-in-law, Christopher Furlohg. Chambers was indeed familiar with a table produced by the Swedes that came from Linnell’s workshop at this time and may have also been responsible for the introduction of the two men to Linnell himself. Furthermore, the Linnell workshop produced some furniture of Kentian inspiration, notably chairs, of a type, which Chambers is known to have admired.

Ref 834


  - A Fine Pair of George III Carved Mahogany Armchairs of Exceptional Colour and Patination

A Fine Pair of George III Carved Mahogany Armchairs of Exceptional Colour and Patination

English, circa 1765

£78,000

Ref 797


  - A Rare George II Mahogany Double Chairback Settee

A Rare George II Mahogany Double Chairback Settee

English, circa 1755

£68,000

The double chair back carved with interlocking C scrolls headed by a stylised pierced shell and flanked by acanthus scrolls.
The outswept arms with finely carved scrolled terminals. The three front cabriole legs carved with cabochons and acanthus leaves with ball and claw feet. The upholstered drop in seat covered in a period linen.

This exceptional settee is remarkable for its strength of design, quality of mahogany and fineness to the carving. It also is particularly rare to find such an example in such an untouched state, retaining a glorious patina throughout.

Height: 3ft 5 ¼ in (105 cm)
Width: 4 ft 8 ¾ in (144 cm)
Depth: 2ft 1 1/2 in (65 cm)

Ref 870


  - A rare mahogany hall stool

A rare mahogany hall stool

In the manner of John Linnell

English, circa 1770

£9,500

Ref 783


  - A rare George II period carved mahogany armchair

A rare George II period carved mahogany armchair

After a design by Thomas Chippendale

English, circa 1755

£85,000

Ref 707


  - An outstanding pair of Regency period carved oak armchairs

An outstanding pair of Regency period carved oak armchairs

English, circa 1820

£58,000

Ref 576



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