A PAIR OF GEORGE III GILTWOOD LIBRARY ARMCHAIRS PROBABLY BY THOMAS CHIPPENDALE (441001SHK)
A PAIR OF GEORGE III GILTWOOD LIBRARY ARMCHAIRS PROBABLY BY THOMAS CHIPPENDALE (441001SHK)
A PAIR OF GEORGE III GILTWOOD LIBRARY ARMCHAIRS PROBABLY BY THOMAS CHIPPENDALE (441001SHK)
A PAIR OF GEORGE III GILTWOOD LIBRARY ARMCHAIRS PROBABLY BY THOMAS CHIPPENDALE (441001SHK)
A PAIR OF GEORGE III GILTWOOD LIBRARY ARMCHAIRS PROBABLY BY THOMAS CHIPPENDALE (441001SHK)

A PAIR OF GEORGE III GILTWOOD LIBRARY ARMCHAIRS PROBABLY BY THOMAS CHIPPENDALE (441001SHK)

c. 1765 England

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An important pair of mid 18th century carved giltwood Gainsborough armchairs probably by Thomas Chippendale, each having a serpentine shaped stuffed back with padded arms and scroll terminals on downswept supports joined to a serpentine fronted seat upholstered in ruby red cut velvet above a shaped apron exquisitely carved with cabochon clasp and acanthus leaf decoration; on hipped cabriole legs with cartouche clasp to the knees terminating in scroll toes retaining the original leather castors.

Note: These chairs relate closely to an unpublished drawing by Chippendale preserved in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as part of the Rogers Bequest. Typically for Chippendale’s workshop, the carved elements of the chairs are made of lime wood.

Sir Lawrence Dundas spared no expense in engaging some of the best craftsmen of his time to furnish his lavish homes. He appointed Chippendale & Haig (Chippendale’s partner was Thomas Haig) for much seat furniture including the well-documented Dundas suite for Arlington Street in London. Here the carved elements were also made of lime wood.

Price: £100,000 +
Probably commissioned by Sir Lawrence Dundas, Moor Park, Hertfordshire;
Sir Everard Radcliffe, Bt., Rudding Park, Yorkshire.

Thomas Chippendale, ‘The Gentleman and Cabinet-maker’s Director’, 3rd edition, 1762, pl. XXIII; French chairs.
Lanto Synge, ‘Mallett Millennium’, 1999, p. 150, illus. 176.

Illustrated:
Arthur Stratton, ‘The English Interior’, 1920, pl. LXXXII.
H. Avray Tipping, ‘English Homes’, Period V, vol. I, ‘Early Georgian 1714-1760’, 1921, p. 179, pl. 219.
Christopher Hussey, ‘English Country Houses, Late Georgian 1800-1840’, 1958, p. 80, illus. 141 & 142.
Dimensions
Height 100.00 cm (39.37 inches)
Width 79.50 cm (31.30 inches)
Depth 79.00 cm (31.10 inches)
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