The Infantado Side Chair by Giles Grendey
The Infantado Side Chair by Giles Grendey

GILES GRENDEY (1693-1780)

The Infantado Side Chair by Giles Grendey

c. 1730 England

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A rare George II scarlet japanned side chair by Giles Grendey, commissioned by the Dukes of Infantado, for the Palace of Lazcano, Northern Spain.
Almost certainly supplied to either Don Juan Raimundo de Arteaga-Lazcano y Chiriboga (d.1761), III Marqués de Valmediano, for Lazcano Castle, San Sebastián, Spain, circa 1735-1740, and by descent at Lazcano

Or, to Don Juan de Dios de Silva Mendoza y Sandival, X Duque del Infantado (1672-1737), or his daughter, Dona Maria Teresa de Silva y Mendoza, XI Duquesa del Infantado (1707-1770), and by decent at Lazcano.


The title, Duke of the Infantado, was granted to Diego Hurtdao de Mendoza y Figueroa, son of Inigo Lopez de Mendoza, 1stMarquis of Santillana, by the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, on 22 July 1475. They remained an important family throughout Spanish history and the family counts seven knights in the Order of the Golden Fleece and one Prime Minster of Spain. They had a number of important residences, such as the Castillo de Manzanares in Castilla, the Palacio del Infantado in Guadalajara and the Palacio Lazcano.

The Palace of Lazcano was built between 1620 and 1640, San Sebastian, Spain, and is associated with one of the oldest noble titles in Spain. The Infantado’s were perfectly positioned in the early 18thcentury to embark on the commissioning of a suite of furniture such as this for their magnificent castle in Lazcano.
R.W. Symonds, ‘Giles Grendey (1693-1780) and the Export Trade of English Furniture to Spain’, Apollo, 1935, pp. 337-342
R.W. Symonds, Masterpieces of English Furniture and Clocks, London, 1940, pp. 87-88, figs. 56-57.
R. Edwards & M, Jourdain, ‘Georgian Cabinet-Makers VIII ‘ Giles Grendey & William Hallett’. Country Life, 1942, pp. 176-177.
C. de Arteago, La casa del Infantado, Cabeza de Mendoza, vol. II, 1944
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C. Gilbert, ‘Furniture by Giles Grendey for the Spanish Trade’, The Magazine Antiques, April 1971, pp. 544-550.
‘English Japanned Furniture’, Connoisseur, June 1964, p. 120.
Leeds Art Calendar, no 66, 1970, p.3.
H. Huth, Lacquer of the West, 1971, pls. 65-66.
G. Wills, English Furniture 1550-1760, London, 1971, p.130.
S. Jervis, ‘A Great Dealer in the Cabinet Way: Giles Grendey (1693-1780)’, Country Life, 1974, pp. 1418-1419.
C. Gilbert, Furniture at Temple Newsam House and Lotherton Hall, vol. I, Leeds, 1978, pp.79-81
G. Beard & C. Gilbert (eds.), The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, Leeds, 1986, pp. 371-372.
G. Beard & J. Goodison, English Furniture 1500-1840, Oxford, 1987, pp. 34 & 86.
C. Gilbert, The Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, Leeds, 1996, pp.31-32 & figs. 442-451.
C. Ordoñez Goded, 'Japanning en España. Un lote de muebles de laca color escarlata realizado por Giles Grendey'. Revista de la Asociación para el estudio del mueble, nr. 14. Barcelona, 2011, pp.14-21.
Height 42.00 cm (16.54 inches)
Width 22.00 cm (8.66 inches)
Depth 20.00 cm (7.87 inches)
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