An Exceptional Giltwood Sofa by Thomas Chippendale

English, 1769

Commissioned by Sir Robert Burdett, for Foremarke Hall, Derbyshire in 1769

REF871

English, circa 1765

H: 41 ¾ in (106 cm)    
W: 92 in (234 cm)   
D: 39 ½ in (100 cm)
  
The boldly shaped serpentine back, carved with a central cartouche of scrolling acanthus and channelled frame and overlapping leaves. The arms with out turned scrolls and C scrolls. The well-shaped serpentine front rail centred with another carved cartouche of scrolling acanthus, raised on eight well-shaped cabriole legs carved with C Scrolls and husks terminating in scrolled feet.
 

PROVENANCE
Commissioned by Sir Robert Burdett, 4th Baronet Bramcote, for Foremarke Hall
 

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DESCRIPTION

The boldly shaped serpentine back, carved with a central cartouche of scrolling acanthus and channelled frame and overlapping leaves. The arms with out turned scrolls and C scrolls. The well-shaped serpentine front rail centred with another carved cartouche of scrolling acanthus, raised on eight well-shaped cabriole legs carved with C Scrolls and husks terminating in scrolled feet. Upholstered in blue damask with a loose squab seat and cushions.

THOMAS CHIPPENDALE AND FOREMARKE HALL

This exquisite sofa displays all the genius of the finest work by Thomas Chippendale. It was designed and made specifically for Foremarke Hall in Derbyshire, commissioned by Sir Robert Burdett, 4th Baronet Bramcote (1716-1797). Sir Robert Burdett was a British politician and member of the English gentry. He rebuilt the family home of Foremarke Hall between 1759-1761, following extensive alterations to the grounds in the 1730’s. He would almost certainly have started to refurbish and redecorate immediately after the building work was completed and gave his patronage to Thomas Chippendale of St Martins Lane, who made over £500 worth of furniture for Foremarke Hall. There is extensive documentary evidence relating to Chippendale’s involvement with the furnishing of Foremarke Hall with several payments made to him between 1766 and 1771 in Burdett’s account books.

17 February 1766 - To Mr. Chippendale cabinetmaker for Chairs for the Country, £37
4 February 1769 - To Mr. Chippendale on account of Furniture at Foremarke, upholsters St. Martins Lane, London, £100
1 July 1769 – To Mr. Chippendale upholsterer on account of his bill, £400 still remains due to him to clear his Bill, for Furniture for Foremarke House, £300
6 June 1771 – To Mr. Chippendale upholsterer on all acts - £17

Furthermore, additional research of the Burdett family archives refers to a suite of cabriole furniture in an inventory book of Foremarke Hall in 1892. It makes specific reference to a large cabriole sofa, cabriole armchairs and four scroll ended window seats. Interestingly, a set of six of these armchairs, and a pair of window seats were sold by Dreweatts Auctioneers, 21st May 1986 in a sale of the content of Sir Francis Burdett’s Will Trust, with reference in the catalogue to Sir Robert Burdett’s payments to Chippendale of £37 in 1766 for chairs for the country.
 

An Exceptional Giltwood Sofa by Thomas Chippendale