A George II walnut open armchair, circa 1740, in the manner of Giles Grendey, the shaped top rail and supports centred by a vase shaped splat, flanked by open 'shepherd's crook' arms, the padded and upholstered drop in seat above a shaped apron, on shell carved tapering cabriole legs, terminating in claw on ball feet, 100cm high, 65cm wide, 57cm deep
For a related chair attributed to Giles Grendey see, Christie's, New York, The Van Cliburn Collection, 17th May 2012, Lot 109 (£68,500).
See R.W. Symonds, "English Furniture From Charles II to George II, P149, fig 96 for an illustration and discussion of a closely related armchair (see inset).
A pair of similar armchairs were sold as Lot 50, Christies, The English Collector, 23 May 2013 from the collection of the late Dr Yvonne Hackenbroch (£67,875). It was noted that the chairs belong to a "group with distinctive double-serpentine front apron lobed in the middle, similar low relief carving and walnut veneer" Lucy Wood suggests a possible attribution to Henry Hill of Marlborough (L.Wood, The Upholstered Furniture in The Lady Lever Art Gallery, Vol 1, 2008, P 396)
A related similar side chair was sold as lot 3 of "The Age of Oak and Walnut", Sothebys London 28 September 2004 (£3840). In that catalogue it was noted:
"The carving on the knees and splat, together with the slight bowing to the front seat rail, have marked stylistic similarities with a George II walnut and burr walnut armchair sold Sotheby's, London 12 June 2002, Lot 160. This chair was of almost identical form to the armchair recorded in the collection of Percival D Griffiths, illustrated in R.W. Symonds, English Furniture From Charles II to George II, P.149, fig 96. A related suite of walnut furniture from the collection of the Late Mr and Mrs Melvyn Rollaston , Sold Christie's, London 3 July 1997, Lot 160 and Sotheby's, Benacre Hall, Suffolk, 9 May 2000, Lot 89. Further related chairs include a pair of side chairs illustrated in Lanto Synge, Great English Furniture, 1991, P.46, and another suite comprising one chair in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and four others formerly in the collection of Mrs David Gubbay, now at Clandon Park...."
Marks, knocks, scratches and abrasions commensurate with age and use.
Some old splits and chips.
several old repairs, including; to one side of the top rail, where both arms meet the back, the crooks of both arms, split through one front leg.
Some evidence of old worm.
Some filler used to surface in places.
Later supporting blocks/brackets to backs of seat rails.
Chair is structurally solid overall.
Upholstery to drop in seat is in distressed condition with wear, tears and loose threads.
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