A pair of extremely rare mid 18th century Chippendale period carved mahogany Gainsborough armchairs each having a serpentine shaped upholstered back with stuffed arms on downswept flower carved supports joined to the stuffed seat upholstered in emerald green cut velvet above serpentine shaped moulded seat rails with fine flower carving and C-scrolls; on cabriole legs with moulded fronts and finely carved flowers and acanthus clasp to the knees, terminating in pad feet with acanthus carved toes and replaced leather castors. Note: The chairs have two replaced back rails. An identical chair, part of the same suite, was formerly in the Leidesdorf collection.
Literature: Sotheby & Co., ‘A Collection of English Furniture, Barometers & Clocks formed by a Gentleman residing in New York’, 27-28 June 1974, lot 67, pp. 128-9.
Frank Partridge & Sons Ltd., London, 1926; Samuel L. Davis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Elita Weaver, Greenwich, Connecticut, USA; Clinton Howel Antiques, New York; Private collection, Paris.
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