The Hagley Hall Chairs: A Pair of George III Carved Mahogany Side Chairs
The Hagley Hall Chairs: A Pair of George III Carved Mahogany Side Chairs
The Hagley Hall Chairs: A Pair of George III Carved Mahogany Side Chairs
The Hagley Hall Chairs: A Pair of George III Carved Mahogany Side Chairs
The Hagley Hall Chairs: A Pair of George III Carved Mahogany Side Chairs

Attributed to VILE AND COBB (born 1751)
Attributed to JOHN COBB (c.1715-1778)
Attributed to WILLIAM VILE (c.1700-1767)

The Hagley Hall Chairs: A Pair of George III Carved Mahogany Side Chairs

c. 1760 England

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An outstanding and highly important pair of George III carved mahogany and upholstered side chairs, attributed to the Royal cabinet-makers William Vile and John Cobb. The serpentine shaped upholstered backs and seats above wonderful carved seat frames and exaggerated cabriole legs terminating in the scroll feet.

The carving to the legs and freizes of exceptional quality and crispness.

Photographed in situ at Hagley Hall, Worcestershire.

These magnificent side chairs, originally part of a larger set, can be attributed to the celebrated partnership of William Vile and John Cobb based upon a suite supplied to John Damer for Came House, Dorset. The accounts of Came House over the years 1756 – 1762 and in particular on 13 July 1761:

‘For 10 good mahogy. Back stool chairs with carv’d feet, stuft and covered with damask and finished compleat with Burnish Nails £23’.

The account continues to list a ‘French armchair’ and a ‘good mahogy. sopha’ both of which are illustrated along with a matching writing-table in Arthur Oswald, ‘Came House, Dorset – II’, Country Life, 27 February 1954, p. 573, figs. 7-9. The frames of this group of seat furniture and indeed the writing table display a similarly conceived apron with the channelled decoration and the elegant cabriole leg with acanthus to the knee and scrolled foot. This attribution can be further supported on the basis of a mahogany cupboard, attributed to William Vile which displays a very similarly carved apron and is illustrated in R. Edwards, ‘Attributions to William Vile’, Country Life, 7 October 1954, p. 1155(?), fig. 4.

Our chairs would have been supplied to furnish the Saloon of the Palladian villa of Sir George Lyttelton in the 1760s and appear in an early Country Life interior photograph of 1915.
Commissioned by Sir George Lyttelton, 5th Bt. and 1st Baron Lyttleton of Frankley (d.1773) for the Saloon, Hagley Hall, Worcestershire
and by descent at Hagley Hall
‘Hagley Park, Worcestershire. The seat of Viscount Cobham,' Country Life. 16 October 1915, p. 521.
Dimensions
Height 98.00 cm (38.58 inches)
Width 68.00 cm (26.77 inches)
Depth 68.00 cm (26.77 inches)
Stock Code
N01.28
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