Giles Grendey (1693–1780) was one of the leading cabinet-makers of his time, running a highly successful business and employing many craftsmen. The style of the settee’s back shares many similarities with other chairs and settees also attributed to Grendey. This includes a suite of red japanned chairs formerly at Britwell House, Hertfordshire, England, a mahogany double back settee from Wardour Castle, Wiltshire, England, and a suite of six mahogany side chairs supplied to Hinton House, Somerset, England.

Note: The settee was at one stage fitted with castors, which have now been removed. Two splats have been repaired. Some leg ‘ear pieces’ are faithful restorations.

Literature: Herbert Cescinsky, English Furniture from Gothic to Sheraton, 1929, p. 275.
M. Harris & Sons, The English Chair - Its History and Evolution, 1937, pp. 102-3.
F. Lewis Hinckley, A Directory of Antique Furniture, 1953, p. 228, fig. 704.
Percy Macquoid and Ralph Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, revised edition, 1954, vol. I, p. 277, figs 157-8.
Edward Lennox-Boyd (ed.), Masterpieces of English Furniture: The Gerstenfeld Collection, 1998, p. 208, item 34.
Lucy Wood, Upholstered Furniture in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, 2008, vol. I, pp. 264-79.
Adam Bowett, 100 British Chairs, 2015, p. 48.


  • Provenance

    Private collection, England.


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