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A PAIR OF GEORGE III PERIOD MAHOGANY WINDOW SEATS
Offered by Godson & Coles
Height: 27 in (69cm)
Width: 38 ½ in (99cm)
Depth: 18 in (46cm)
Spains Hall, Finchingfield, Essex
Probably commissioned by John Ruggles (d.1776) who inherited Spains Hall from his father Samuel Ruggles in 1764. The north-east wing of the hall was destroyed by a fire in 1768 and John Ruggles started the renovation in 1769, one can therefore assume that these window seats were commissioned during this period.
Spains Hall is an Elizabethan country house near Finchingfield, Essex, which was named after Hervey de Ispania, the first owner of the house. It was passed on through marriage to the Kempe family in the early 15th century and they remained there until 1727 when Sir Swinnerton Dyer, 3rd Baronet of Tottenham, inherited Spains Hall, also through marriage. As he had no children, his youngest brother, Sir Thomas Dyer, inherited the hall upon his death in 1736. Sir Thomas Dyer, in his turn, sold the house to Samuel Ruggles, a clothier from Bocking, Essex, in 1760 whose descendants are still in residence.