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The distinctive gadrooned frame and finely carved knees of these chairs belongs to a group of seat furniture traditionally attributed to the celebrated cabinet-maker John Cobb (d. 1778) of St. Martin's Lane and who was 'upholsterer' to George III from 1761.
In the 1770s, Cobb was known to supplied a closely related, though less sophisticated, suite of six chairs together with a matching settle to Philip Yorke for Erdigg, near Wrexham, which may still be viewed in the house today.
A single armchair from the group was sold from the famous Leidesdorf Collection, Sotheby's New York, 28 June 1974, lot 162, a set of four armchairs were sold Christie's London, 23 June 1983, lot 162; and two pairs were sold Christie's London, 9 June 1992, lot 68, and 18 November 1993, lot 54.
Private Collection UK
One of these chairs, offered as a set of 6, are illustrated in the Grosvenor House Catalogue, with Mallett, in 1997, p. 136
Further examples of this type are illustrated in:
R.W. Symonds, 'The French Style in English Furniture', The Antique Collector, July - August 1950
M. Harris, The English Chair, rev. ed., 1948, p. 142, pl. LXX
Francis Lenygon, Furniture in England, 1914, fig. 101
|Height||36.00 inch||(91.44 cm)|
|Width||24.00 inch||(60.96 cm)|
|Depth||21.00 inch||(53.34 cm)|
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