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.
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.
Private collection, England.
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