A SET OF NINE GEORGE III MAHOGANY HALL CHAIRS
Variously painted with crests, with saddle seats
each 98cm high, 50cm wide, 49cm deep overall
Property of The Hon. Catherine Mary Wass, OBE (1942-2021) inherited from the 7 th Viscount Gort in 1975 from Hamsterley Hall, Co. Durham
In 1972, a pair of near-identical chairs was shown by Country Life in the Entrance Hall of the private apartments at Penshurst (M. Binney, 'Penshurst Place, Kent - IV: The Seat of Viscount de L'isle, VC, KG', Country Life , 4 May 1972, p. 1091, fig. 3). It is therefore possible that chairs from this set were taken to Penshurst upon the marriage of The Hon. Jacqueline Vereker to William Sidney, 1st Viscount De L'isle and Dudley.
The plates contain crests relating to William Surtees Altham COOK (1813-1887) and his wife who he married in 1850, Henrietta Addles MOULTON-BARRETT (1809-1860).
Major William Surtees Altham COOK was the second son of Col. John COOK (-1829) of the 28 th Light Dragoons by Elizabeth SURTEES (1783-1862) daughter of Aubone SURTEES of Hauxley Hall, Northumberland by Mary ALTHAM.
Henrietta Addles MOULTON-BARRETT was born at Hope End, Colwall Herefordshire the second daughter of Edward Emmanuel MOULTON later MOULTON-BARRETT (1785-1857) of Cinnamon Hill, Jamaica where he was a wealthy plantation owner, by Mary Graham CLARKE (1781-1828) daughter of John GRAHAM-CLARKE by Arabella Altham EBB. Most notably she was the sister of the writer Elizabeth Moulton Barrett BROWNING (1806-1861) who in 1846 had married the poet Robert BROWNING (1812-1889).
For similar hall chairs by Gillows see S.E. Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London 1730-1840 , Woodbridge, 2008, vol. I, pp. 200-201, pl. 173-174, and L. Boynton, Gillow Furniture Designs , London, 1995, pl. 253. A pair of comparable chairs bearing the arms of the Ruddle family is at Dudmaston, Shropshire (NT 813752). A related set of six mahogany shield back hall chairs sold Dreweatts, 30th June 2015, Lot 58 (£6,820 inc. premium). Another pair of chairs sold Christie's, London, 15th September 2005, Lot 113 (£5,040 inc. premium).
There are some marks, scratches, knocks, chips, splits and abrasions consistent with age and use.
There is some sun fading and water marks giving the chairs a variable colour and patination.
There are cracks along the grain of the timber to some of the chair backs and saddle seats. Some later staining.
The painted armorial crests have some scratching and aging, one with the crests painted on a gilt ground.
There are losses and restorations including some repairs to legs with spliced reinforcements and other timber, some later pins, dowels/screws; some chips including to the moulded corners of the shield shaped backs; some wear to the edges of some spade feet; some later staining; some later blocks and tape to the underside of some seats, some blocks missing; some holes from previous brace repairs.
There is some movement to the back/seat joints of some chairs.
There is some small evidence of worm including to the seat rail area.
Please refer to the additional photographs as a visual reference of condition.
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