A SET OF FOUR GEORGE III MAHOGANY ARMCHAIRS
A SET OF FOUR GEORGE III MAHOGANY ARMCHAIRS
A SET OF FOUR GEORGE III MAHOGANY ARMCHAIRS
A SET OF FOUR GEORGE III MAHOGANY ARMCHAIRS
A SET OF FOUR GEORGE III MAHOGANY ARMCHAIRS

Attributed to GILLOWS OF LANCASTER & LONDON (worked 1730-1903)

A SET OF FOUR GEORGE III MAHOGANY ARMCHAIRS

c. 1790 England

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A magnificent set of four George III carved mahogany armchairs. The pierced shield back splat carved at the top with a wheatsheaf motif, the back carved with paterae and a leaf motif, the moulded arms on scroll supports, on square tapering legs and spade feet. One chair stamped ‘RE’; a superbly fluid design and exceptional craftsmanship with excellent carved detail and fine colour throughout.

These chairs contain elements from a series of design drawings from Gillows’ Estimate Sketch Books, illustrated in L. Boynton, Gillow Furniture Designs 1760 – 1800, pl. 272 – 275, which suggest that they may be made by that firm.

A chair from a suite of almost identical design, formerly in the collection of the Harvey family at Ickwell Bury, Bedfordshire is illustrated in Christopher Claxton Stevens and Stewart Whittington, 18th Century English Furniture, The Norman Adams Collection, London, 1983, p. 82. The Harvey suite is known to have been stamped ‘RE’. One possible explanation for the stamp – which provides a link with the Gillows firm – has been suggested by Christopher Claxton Stevens: it may refer to Richard or Robert Edmudsen or Edmonson. Edmonson’s was a Liverpool cabinet-making which started in 1781. Richard and Robert are both recorded as freemen of Lancaster and are known to have worked for Gillows on a number of occasions.
Full condition report available on request.
Acquired from Norman Adams Ltd., 1990s
Private English Collection.
Sotheby’s London, Mallett at Bourdon House, 9 March 2007, lot 565 (a single armchair) (£22,230)
Lanto Synge, Great English Furniture, 1991, p. 126, fig. 143 (a pair)
C. Claxton Stevens, ‘A group of Seat Furniture stamped RE’, The Journal of the Regional Furniture Society, Vol. XII, 1998, pp. 156 - 159

Dimensions
Height 97.50 cm (38.39 inches)
Width 60.00 cm (23.62 inches)
Depth 49.00 cm (19.29 inches)
Stock Code
J04.40
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