Sale 18CN01 | Lot 492

Pair of George III Giltwood Open Armchairs

Catalogue: English & Continental Furniture / Old Masters / Russian Works of Art

Lot Details

Lot 492
Pair of George III Giltwood Open Armchairs
Attributed to Thomas Chippendale
Circa 1775
Each padded cartouche-shaped backrest within a molded beaded frame surmounted by a palmetto cresting, the overupholstered serpentine seat with guilloche-carved seat rail flanked by padded arm rests with scroll-carved handholds and supports ending in foliate-carved cups, the tapering fluted legs ending in leaf-carved top-form feet. Height of backrest 36 inches (91.5 cm), width of backrest 19 inches (48.3 cm), height of seat 17 inches (43.2 cm), width of seat 24 inches (61 cm), depth of seat 19 inches (48.2 cm), width overall 25 inches (63.5 cm).
The present chairs bear many characteristics of the work of Thomas Chippendale, including the cartouche-shaped backrest with a strut at the back, C-scroll handholds, voluted supports with scroll terminals and resting on leaf-form cups, the guilloche-carved seat rail, back legs ending in scrolled feet and leaf-carved front feet.
Cf. a related pair of armchairs from M. Harris & Sons, London, with almost identical backrests, arm rests and supports, the seat rails similarly carved with a guilloche but centered by a rectangular panel, with fluted legs continuing to feet similarly carved with leaf tips and guilloche collars, sold, Parke-Bernet Galleries, Property of Robert J. Dunham, May 9-10, 1947, lot 363, illus.


Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Sold for $21,250 (includes buyer's premium)

Additional Notes & Condition Report

Unrestored condition, later gilding and now covered with a clear varnish, Losses and chips to later gilding throughout, beautiful carving, losses to carved elements, including beading, one chair with bowing inward to right front leg, separations throughout to joints, one backrest with replaced strut, upholstery removed from backs of backrests, with staples remaining, one cresting with repaired break, other cresting lacking tip, one back right leg with tipped back foot and now with a plug; both chairs with reinforcements to underframing of back legs;REVISED 1/29/18: side rails with usual Chippendale constructional features, i.e., cut-outs for glue cramps


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Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Sold for $21,250 (includes buyer's premium)

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English & Continental Furniture / Old Masters / Russian Works of Art

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