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Paul Saunders: A George III Walnut Side Chair
England, circa 1765

A very fine George III walnut side chair attributed to Paul Saunders.

This exceptional chairs is attributed to Paul Saunders, a leading cabinetmaker in London in the 1750s and 1760s. Saunders held the title of Tapestry Maker to His Majesty George III and also received a number of important commissions from notable patrons of the day. Saunders’ workshop was based around Carlisle House, Soho Square and 59 Greek Street.

Saunders and Bradshaw supplied an identical set of chairs, albeit parcel-gilded with gilded highlights, to the Coke family for the dining room at Holkham Hall, Norfolk.

Height 95.50cm (37.60 inches)
Width 57.00cm (22.44 inches)
Depth 47.00cm (18.50 inches)


Presumably part of a suite supplied to James Lowther, 1st Earl of Lonsdale (1736-1802), for Lowther Hall, Westmoreland or Lowther Lodge, London
By descent to Hon. William Lowther (1821-1912)
Christie, Manson, and Woods, London, 16 May 1912, lot 127 (a set of four), sold £183 15s
Mallett & Son (Antiques) Ltd
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (Rogers Fund), 1913

Reference - M10.96