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A Hamptons Interior Designed by Steven Gambrel

Thu, Jan 19, 2023 11:00AM EST
Lot 13

Fine Pair of Irish George IV Oak Hall Benches

Estimate: $10,000 - $20,000
Sold for
Sold Price excludes BP

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$200 $50
$500 $100
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$30,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000

Both with the crest of The Trench of Garballay, County Galway, with the motto Dieu pour la tranche qui contre.

40 x 7 ft. x 22 in., seat height 19 in.

Illustrated in Steven Gambrel, Steven Gambrel Time & Space, Abrams, 2012, p. 149 & 153.

Note: From the Sotheby's catalog: "The crest of an arm in armour embowed holding a cutlass all ppr. and the motto Dieu pour la Tranche, qui contre? under a baron's coronet, are those of Trench of Garballay, County Galway, probably for Richard Le-Poer Trench (1767-1837) created Baron Trench of Garballay in 1815, Viscount Conclarty in 1823. He was MP for Newtown Limavady 1796-97 and for County Galway 1797-1800 and 1801-1805 and Governer of County Galway, 1805, Custos. Rot., Representative Peer for Ireland, 1808-1837, Ambassador to the Hague, 1813-23, one of the Plenipotentiaries at the Congress of Vienna.

In 1796, he married Henrietta Margaret, second daughter of the Rt. Hon. John Staples, by his first wife, Harriet, daughter of the Rt. Hon. William Conolly, of Castletown, Co. Kildare.

Harriet Cavendish, daughter of the 5th Duke of Devonshire and Georgiana, and her husband, Viscount Granville succeeded as Ambassador and Ambassadress to the Hague in 1823. She described Baron Trench as 'a bustling, hard man, evidently galled at giving up the Embassy, but very civil to us. She, an excellent, head-aching woman, with none of the representation or insolence of an Ambassadress. Two very ugly, obliging daughters, and a ditto son' (The Complete Peerage).

Provenance: Westenholtz Antiques, Ltd, London, acquired from the above in 1987; The Collection of Bill Blass, Sotheby's, NY, October 21, 2003, Lot 507. Acquired by the current owner.


Both with age splits to the seats and one with a split to the backrest. Expected nicks, staining and scuffing throughout. Wear to the seat cushion and lacking buttons. Both structurally sound. Wear is consistent with age and use. Wonderful model.

Not withstanding this report or any discussion concerning condition of a lot, all lots are offered and sold "as is" in accordance with our conditions of sale.


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