An extremely fine and highly important pair of early 18th century mahogany side chairs, each having a scrolled cresting above a baluster splat with scrolling volutes with a moulded horseshoe drop-in seat upholstered in brightly coloured French 18th century needlework; on cabriole legs headed by foliate carving centred by lions' masks and suspended husks terminating in hairy paw feet to the front and pad feet to the reverse.
Note: These chairs were once part of a larger set belonging to the celebrated Percival D. Griffiths collection of which a further three can be traced to date.
One is in a private collection, the other two are in the well documented Gerstenfeld collection in Washington, D.C.

Literature: R. W. Symonds, The Present State of Old English Furniture, London 1921, fig. 62.
R. W. Symonds, English Furniture from Charles II to George II, London, 1929, p.117, fig.69, and p. 179, fig. 135. Percy Macquoid and Ralph Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, revised edition, vol. I, London 1954, p. 259, fig 121.
Jon Gerstenfeld, Masterpieces of English Furniture, London 1998, p. 209, fig 36.
Illustrated:
Ronald Phillips, ‘Antique English Furniture’, London 2005, pp. 212/3.
Adam Bowett, Early Georgian Furniture 1715-1740, London 2009, cover illustration and p. 180, pl. 4.74.


  • Provenance

    Collection of George D. Widener.
    Collection of Percival D. Griffiths, Sandridgebury ( formed under the guidance of R. W. Symonds), 1921.
    Ronald Phillips Ltd, London.
    Private collection, London.


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