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BRAMSHILL: A PAIR OF GILTWOOD ARMCHAIRS

england , circa 1770

A magnificent and highly important pair of George III giltwood armchairs. Each with an oval shield shaped back and serpentine fronted seat, both upholstered, and with magnificent carved giltwood show frames. The backs with carved lions masks flanked by acanthus decoration, the arms adorned with drapery or fringed pelts which end in lion head terminals, beautifully carved, on acanthus decorated supports. The front seat rail is carved to the centre with a satyr mask, again flanked by acanthus detailing. The front legs square and tapering carved with paterae and trailing husks within fielded panels, with block feet terminating in carved balls. The back legs outswept. With exposed strut to the reverse of the seat back.
 

Provenance

The Cope Family, Bramshill Park, Hampshire (various armchairs from the set photographed in situ at Bramshill Park in 1923)
 

Stock number

P10.71
Height: 40¹/₈ in (102 cm)
Width: 25⁵/₈ in (65 cm)
Depth: 21⁵/₈ in (55 cm)
A magnificent and highly important pair of George III giltwood armchairs. Each with an oval shield shaped back and serpentine fronted seat, both upholstered, and with magnificent carved giltwood show frames. The backs with carved lions masks flanked by acanthus decoration, the arms adorned with drapery or fringed pelts which end in lion head terminals, beautifully carved, on acanthus decorated supports. The front seat rail is carved to the centre with a satyr mask, again flanked by acanthus detailing. The front legs square and tapering carved with paterae and trailing husks within fielded panels, with block feet terminating in carved balls. The back legs outswept. With exposed strut to the reverse of the seat back.
 
Macquoid, Catalogue, 1928, no. 192
Lucy Wood, The Upholstered Furniture in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, vol. II, pp. 617-626
(for a detailed analysis on this suite of chairs)
 
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