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James Moore: A George I Gilt Gesso Settee
England, 1720

An exceptional and very rare George I carved gilt gesso settee. The frame decorated throughout with outstanding carved gilt gesso detailing, the back and seat upholstered in eighteenth century French silk damask, the arm supports boldly outswept with curled terminals, the gilt gesso seat frieze further embellished with scrolling foliage and circular punchwork background, standing on elegant cabriole legs further decorated with acanthus leaves and surmounted by shells, terminating in pad feet similarly decorated.

‘This settee… is one of the most unusual items of gesso furniture recorded.’ –Norman Adams pp.26-27

Height 124.50cm (49.02 inches)
Width 205.00cm (80.71 inches)
Depth 63.50cm (25.00 inches)


Norman Adams, Ltd., London
Mallett & Son Antiques, London
Private Collection, USA


Christopher Claxton Stevens and Stewart Whittingon, 18th Century English Furniture: The Norman Adams Collection, Woodbridge, 1983, ill. 27.
Lanto Synge, Great English Furniture, London, 1991, pp. 83-84, fig. 87.


Grovesnor House Antiques Fair, 1951

Reference - AD.66