A wonderful mid 18th century carved mahogany open armchair in the manner of Giles Grendey, the scrolled crest rail with a pierced splat with scrolled base, with serpentine arms with boldly scrolled terminals and channelled supports above a rectangular seat upholstered in superb close nailed associated mid 18th century English floral needlework centred by a scrolling cartouche depicting a standing lion against a black ground with flowering shrubs all worked in brilliant red, green and blue wools and silks; on richly carved foliate cabriole legs terminating in paw feet.
An identical chair was recorded in the Great Barrel-Vaulted Gallery at Mellerstain, Berwickshire, the seat of the Earls of Haddington, in circa 1954. The chair's large form with its distinctive out scrolled arms, vertical splat and cabriole legs with paw feet is unusual and it is likely that this chair either belongs to the same set or certainly the same workshop.
Mellerstain, which was extensively remodelled by Robert Adam in the 1770s, was initially laid out in a Palladian style by Lady Grizel Baillie (d.1746), the Scottish poetess, from the 1720s and the identical chair still at the house most probably formed part of the early furnishings.
Literature: J. Fleming, 'Scottish Country Houses and Gardens', Country Life, London, 1954, p.89, illus.
Private collection, Scotland.
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