THE GRIMSTHORPE CASTLE SETTEE (4447921)
THE GRIMSTHORPE CASTLE SETTEE (4447921)

THE GRIMSTHORPE CASTLE SETTEE (4447921)

c. 1751 England

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An important, extremely rare and well documented mid 18th century exceptionally well carved mahogany and parcel gilt settee, having a cartouche shaped back with serpentine crest rail elaborately carved with acanthus leaf and cabochon ruffles, and padded arms with outswept and downswept supports finely carved with acanthus leaf clasp. The seat with shaped apron profusely carved with C-scrolls and acanthus leaf; on eight cabriole legs with cabochon to the knees and leaf carved inwardly scrolled toes to the front and similarly shaped back legs, upholstered in red damask.

This settee forms part of a suite of seat furniture comprising six armchairs and two settees originally commissioned by the 3rd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven for his seat at Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire. Today the other settee and four armchairs form part of the English furniture collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, whilst the remaining two armchairs are in a private collection in the USA.

Note: The back has been extended by 3 inches to the original height. The cabochon ruffles to the lower back have been reinstated.

Price: £100,000 +


Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire;
Commissioned by Peregrine Bertie, 3rd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven;
Thence by descent to his son Robert Bertie, 4th Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven;
The Earls of Chesterfield;
Sold by Christie, Manson & Woods Ltd, November 22-24, 1950;
Private collection, New York.
Y. Hackenbroch, ‘English Furniture With Some Furniture of Other Countries in The Irwin Untermyer Collection,’ 1958, p.31, figs. 143-47, pls. 116-20.
Nicholas Goodison and Robin Kern, ‘Hotspur - Eighty Years of Antiques Dealing’, 2004, pp.134-5, no.7.
Daniëlle O. Kuskuk-Grosheide, Wolfram Koeppe and William Rieder, ‘European Furniture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’, New York, 2006, pp.124-7, no.48, figs 75 &76.
Dimensions
Height 126.00 cm (49.61 inches)
Width 209.50 cm (82.48 inches)
Depth 105.00 cm (41.34 inches)
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