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Close Pair of George II Gainsborough Armchairs

Customization Options can be recovered to buyer's tatse
In the Style of Giles Grendey
Origin England
Period 18th Century
Materials Walnut
Condition Excellent. In fine antique condition, with minor historic restorations. Newly reupholstered.
Creation Date Circa 1730's
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description A closely matched pair of Gainsborough library armchairs, of generous proportions, covered in Ikat pattern textile,

English, circa 1730's.

One in English walnut, the other in Virginia walnut, having the square backs between the downswept armrests over padded seats, the whole raised on well-drawn cabriole legs at front and back. Minor differences in measurements and design of armrestes. In fine antique condition, with minor historic restorations. Newly reupholstered.

The well-drawn design and high-quality construction of these elegant and understated chairs relate them 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.

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.

Red Walnut Armchair:

Width: 28 in / 71 cm
Depth: 30 in / 76 cm
Height: 38.5 in / 98 cm

Seat Height: 15 in / 38 cm


English Walnut Armchair:

Width: 29 in / 74 cm
Depth: 32 in / 81 cm
Height: 38.5 in / 98 cm

Seat Height: 15.5 in / 39 cm
Styles / Movements George II, Georgian, Queen Anne
Incollect Reference Number 292772
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