Live Auction

The English Interior

Thu, Mar 24, 2022 11:00AM EDT
Lot 300

Pair of George III Mahogany Armchairs, in the Chinese Chippendale Neo-Gothic Taste

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
Sold for

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

Fitted with upholstered needlepoint seats.

37 3/4 x 25 x 24 in., height of seat 18 in.  

Note: A similar set of chairs with carved gothic arches and quatrefoil decoration were sold at Christie's, NY, The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, May 8, 2018, Lot 128. This is the lot essay which accompanied the lot: 'These chairs were likely inspired by the designs of Thomas Chippendale, the most influential cabinet-maker of the 18th century. The third edition of Chippendale's pattern book for furniture design, The Gentleman & Cabinet-Maker's Director, 1762, includes illustrations for chair backs with related pierced gothic arches (plate XVII0, and similar blind fret-carved legs (plate XXVII).

Additional patterns for chairs uniting classical and gothic elements were published by Robert Manwaring in The Cabinet and Chair-maker's Real Friend and Companion, 1765 and The Chair-Maker's Guide, 1766 as well as in his contribution to A Society of Upholsterers, Genteel Household Furniture in the Present Taste, circa 1765 (E. White, Pictorial Dictionary of British 18th Century Furniture Design, Woodbridge, 1990 pp. 69, 72-74 and 77-81). Other features, such as the use of bold nailing patterns, are featured in Thomas Malton's Compleat Treatise on Perspective, 1775 (e. White, op cit., p. 85). A set of six dining chairs with similar pierced backs, probably from the collection of the Meade Walso family of Hever Castle, Kent, sold Christie's, New York, February 7-8, 2017, lot 10.



Handsome and beautifully carved model. On both chairs seams are slightly separating between crest rail and back splat. The blocks on either side of the splats where they meet the seat are lifting. There are wormholes on underside of seats. One chair has an old break to the two uprights approx. 5 inches down from the crest which have been repaired. Old repaired break to the arms where they join the upright, scroll and seat on same chair.  The two side fretwork brackets have been damaged. The other chair with evidence of the crest having been repaired approx. 2 1/2 inches down, with arms also having been repaired and two side fretwork brackets are broken. Structurally sound.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.