A Set of Eight George II Walnut Side Chairs

REF: 7434

A Set of Eight George II Walnut Side Chairs

REF: 7434

A set of eight George II walnut side chairs,
circa 1730, possibly Irish, each shaped
rectangular back with slender foliate carved
surround and surmounted by a floral and foliate
carved terminal, each herringbone banded vase
splat above a drop in seat covered with an 18th
century floral needlework panel , on acanthus
carved cabriole legs joined by stretchers and
terminating in carved lion paw feet
Provenance: The property of the owners of the
Downton Estate, Shropshire

The inscribed numbers to the seat rails of these
chairs leads us to believe that this set could
have been purchased from French & Co. New York,
circa 1983.
Comparative Literature:
The Knight of Glin and Jame Peill, Irish
Furniture, 2007

This distinctive set of George II walnut chairs
exhibit an unusual combination of features which
do not appear to be clearly identifiable with the
work of a particular maker or regional origin.
Whilst the idiosyncratic paw feet have affinities
with those on a documented group of Irish tables
and chairs (see Peill and Glin op. cit. pp.
106-119), the scrolls to the inside of their
'paws' are without parallel in this most recent
survey of Irish furniture. Furthermore the turned
and square H-shaped stretchers contrast with the
more prevalent flat H-shaped stretchers found on
Irish chairs of the second quarter of the 18th
century. Other atypical details of the present
lot's design are the herringbone bandings to the
splats, the finely carved foliate mouldings
surrounding the backs and the gadrooned splat
shoes.

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  • Height 103 cm / 40 1932"
  • Width 61 cm / 24 332"
  • Depth 58.5 cm / 23 332"
  • Period 1700-1749
  • Year c 1730
  • Country Ireland