Georgian Gainsborough Armchair, Early 18th Century

GBP 7,500.00

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Object Description

A fine quality early 18th century Gainsborough library armchair, of generous proportions, in Virginia walnut, covered in Ikat pattern textile,
English, circa 1730s.

Why we like it
This armchair is positively the purest of Queen Anne designs we’ve ever seen. Its austere, unembellished but particularly well-drawn cabriole legs at front and back create a plesing masculine profile. The design and high-quality construction of this elegant and understated chair relate to the output of the London firm of Giles Grendey – one of London’s most celebrated furniture-makers. In fine antique condition, with minor historic restorations. Newly reupholstered.

Object History

The well-drawn design and high-quality construction of this elegant and understated chair relate to the output of the London firm of Giles Grendey. The same plain cabriole legs appear on a set of dining chairs, removed from Leeds Castle, later at Linton Park, Kent, formerly the property of Colonel Wykeham Stanley Cornwallis, 2nd Baron Cornwallis KCVO, KBE, MC (1892-1982), sold Bonhams, 2 March 2011, Lot 83. Giles Grendey favoured the restrained designs and produced them with the same top-quality workmanship as he did the most elaborately carved pieces for the grandest patrons.

Object Literature

Giles Grendey established his workshop at St. Paul’s, Covent Garden by 1720, and moved to premises at Aylesbury House, St. John’s Square, Clerkenwell just over two years later, where he was described as a ‘Cabinet-Maker and Chair-Maker’. Unusually, he appears to have developed a thriving export trade, for when fire struck his premises on the morning of 3 August 1731, over one thousand pounds worth of furniture ‘pack’d for Exportation against the next morning’ was destroyed. Indeed, his most famous commission came from a Spanish client, the Duke of Infantado, for whose castle at Lazcano in northern Spain, Grendey supplied a seventy-two-piece suite of scarlet-japanned seat and cabinet furniture between 1735-40, parts of which are now preserved in the museum collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and Temple Newsam House, Leeds.

Object Condition

In fine antique condition, with minor restorations. Newly reupholstered.

Object Details

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(07551) 297389
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