George Hepplewhite: A Pair of Satinwood Armchairs
George Hepplewhite: A Pair of Satinwood Armchairs
George Hepplewhite: A Pair of Satinwood Armchairs
George Hepplewhite: A Pair of Satinwood Armchairs
George Hepplewhite: A Pair of Satinwood Armchairs
George Hepplewhite: A Pair of Satinwood Armchairs
George Hepplewhite: A Pair of Satinwood Armchairs
George Hepplewhite: A Pair of Satinwood Armchairs

In the manner of GEORGE HEPPLEWHITE (c.1727-1786)

George Hepplewhite: A Pair of Satinwood Armchairs

c. 1790 England

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An exceptional pair of George III satinwood open armchairs in the manner of George Hepplewhite. Each with a rectangular back with vertical splat carved with the Prince of Wales’s feathers, the caned seats fitted with blue silk cushions, on square tapering legs with painted reserves and collared toes. Of particularly fine quality with outstanding carved detail.

George Hepplewhite & Gillows of Lancaster
George Hepplewhite (1727-1786) was one the leading cabinetmakers in 18th century England. He opened a workshop in the parish of St. Giles, Cripplegate in London and produced furniture that reflected the influence of French designs and a lighter form of neo-classicism. These chairs related closely to a design published by Hepplewhite and Co. in The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Guide, 3rd ed., 1794, pl. 1.

With their vase-carved splats surmounted by Prince of Wales feathers and painted oval panels to the seat rail, the present armchairs also relate to a 1790 design by Gillows of Lancaster, a variant of their ‘canopy top rail’ chairs which were generally carved with drapery swags.

Henry Price
The tailor Henry Price (1877-1963) was renowned during his lifetime for his fifty-shilling suit. In 1936, he acquired Wakehurst Place in West Sussex. He restored the house as well as the gardens, which were originally designed by Gerald Loder. Queen Mary, Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, and the Duke of Kent all visited Price at Wakehurst Place.

Sir Henry worked with Frank Partridge, the esteemed antique dealer, to build his collection of antique furniture. Partridge commented on working with Sir Henry in his memoir, saying ‘One of the greatest pleasures of my life was the furnishing of ‘Wakehurst,’ the home of my good friend, Sir Henry Price. He gave me a blank cheque to do it with, and the only demand he made was that I make the house worthy of the wonderful Sussex countryside which surrounds it.’ In total, Sir Henry spent in excess of £100,000 on antiques for Wakehurst. Partridge advised Sir Henry to collect English pieces in the four great ‘ages’ of English furniture: oak, walnut, mahogany, and satinwood.

During World War II Sir Henry offered the house to the Canadian Army. His collection of art and antiques were stored in the stables and the outhouses for safekeeping, and despite the fact that the garden was bombed in the Blitz, the collection remained safe. Sir Henry bequeathed Wakehurst Place to the National Trust when he died in 1963.

Frank Partridge & Sons Ltd, London, 1939
Sir Henry Price (1877-1963), Wakehurst Place, West Sussex
Mallett & Son (Antiques) Ltd., London
Private Collection, London
Dimensions
Height 91.00 cm (35.83 inches)
Width 55.00 cm (21.65 inches)
Depth 56.00 cm (22.05 inches)
Stock Code
K11.108
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