A pair of carved giltwood open armchairs, in mid 18th century style, probably second half 19th century, in the manner of Wright & Elwick, each foliate scroll carved top rail centred by a shell, above the rectangular padded and embroidery upholstered back and seat, flanked by scroll and foliate moulded open arms, above the foliate scroll carved apron centred by a scallop shell, on shell carved tapering cabriole legs, terminating in scroll feet, each 104cm high, 65cm wide, 51cm deep overall
Provenance : By direct descent from Lady Enid Doreen Scudamore-Stanhope Browne (1899-1985), daughter of The Hon. Evelyn Theodore Scudamore-Stanhope and Julia Dasha Potter . Lady Enid was granddaughter of Henry Edwyn Chandos Scudamore-Stanhope, 9th Earl of Chesterfield and sister to Edward Henry Scudamore-Stanhope, the 12 th and last Earl of Chesterfield, born on 9 February 1889. In December 1926 she married, Major Alexander Browne of Callaly Castle, of Northumberland.
The family homes included Beningbrough Hall, York and Holme Lacy, Herefordshire.
It is possible that the current chairs may have been later copies of the pair described as period and being lot 666 from The Catalogue of the important contents of Beningbrough Hall, York, 1958.
Please note: Following further inspection we believe these chairs to be of later 19th century date and not as originally printed in the catalogue.
Marks, scratches and abrasions, old chips and splits comensurate with age and use.
Wear, chipping and losses to gilt surface. Areas of the gilt surface are fragile and lifting/ flaking. The gilding is bright and relatively clean and likely refreshed throughout. Some chips of the loss to the carving of the frame in areas (see additional images).
Various old repairs, replacements, fading some losses and some tears to the needlework elements of the upholstery (see additional images). Fragments have been used to cover the elements of the chairs as much as possible but plain elements of fabric are visible in areas (see additional images)
No breaks or splicing to the legs apparent. The frames are of solid structure.
Please refer to additional images for visual reference to condition.
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