Sale 20CN03

Pair of George III Giltwood Open Armchairs

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

Lot Details

Pair of George III Giltwood Open Armchairs
In the manner of François Hervé, circa 1785
Each padded oval back and bowfronted seat flanked by padded arms on leaf-carved fluted supports ending in scrolls, the apron with an flower-carved oval patera and raised on tapering fluted square legs. Height 38 inches (96.5 cm), width 24 inches (61 cm), depth 20 inches (50.8 cm).

W. R. Harvey & Co (Antiques) Ltd., London
Purchased from the above by the present owner, January 31, 1994.

An attribution for this pair of armchairs to François Hervé is based on 'the documented pieces at Chatsworth where [Hervé's style] can be seen as a light, elegant and adroit mixture of English and French detail', (Beard and Gilbert, Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, Leeds, 1986, pp. 423-424). Ivan Hall, op. cit., describes Hervé's style as embodying 'certain distinctive features, among them the stepping down of the seat rails at their junction with the legs, a sensible constructional device that retained the slender elegance of the seat rails while providing a stronger joint at the leg junctions.'

C Property of a Gentleman

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

Additional Notes & Condition Report

Good restored condition, repaired break to one toprail and repaired break to bottom of left arm support of same chair, re-gilt, chips and flaking to gilding, later corner blocks; chairs constructed in the French manner: vertical joins to stiles at juncture of toprails and with pegs; later corner blocks obstruct viewing joins.

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Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

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

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