A Pair of George II Burr Walnut Side Chairs
A Pair of George II Burr Walnut Side Chairs

A Pair of George II Burr Walnut Side Chairs

c. 1720 England

Offered by Frank Partridge

£75,000 gbp
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Each chair has a gently curving top rail carved with a central shell and foliage; the tops of the sinuous side
rails curve round to join the top of the wide inverted baluster splat. The front rail of the seat is carved with a
shell, as are the knees, which are also carved with scrolls and husks. The cabriole front legs terminate in
ball and claw feet; the splayed back legs have pad feet. With drop-in seats, upholstered in floral needlework.
The restrained carving of these chairs dates them to about 1720. Details such as the shells, husks and
scrolls to the knees can be seen on other chairs of the period but the quality and colour of the veneers and the
highly refined carving make them exceptional examples of the period.
One of the chairs carved with the initials IB on the back of the seat rail.
George D. Widener Jr. (1889-1971), Erdenheim Farm, Pennsylvania
The American financier was the son of George Dunton Widener and Eleanor Elkins who
married in 1883. Their marriage united two of Philadelphia’s wealthiest families and they
made their home at Lynewood, the estate created by Widener’s grandfather Peter. The
family shared a passion for collecting all kinds of objects. Harry Elkins Widener (Widener’s
elder brother) remarked, “My grandfather collects paintings, my mother collects silver and
porcelains, Uncle Joe collects everything and I collect books”.
George Widener Snr, his wife and son Harry were returning from Europe on the ill-fated
Titanic and both father and son were killed in the disaster. Mrs Widener provided
Harvard with a new library in her son’s memory. George Widener Jnr had a passion for
breeding and racing horses. His collection contained examples of highly important English
Height 99.00 cm (38.98 inches)
Width 56.00 cm (22.05 inches)
Depth 59.00 cm (23.23 inches)
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