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    A PAIR OF GEORGE IV CARVED OAK UPHOLSTERED ARMCHAIRS
    J. Williamson, London, England, circa 1828
    Marks: stamped WILLIAMSON
    42-7/8 x 23-1/2 x 21 inches (108.9 x 59.7 x 53.3 cm)

    The pair of exuberantly carved oak armchairs with addorsed scroll cartouche form backs, scrolled arms, shaped seat and cabriole legs on casters, upholstered in contemporary wool needlework to the seat, arms and back with brass nail head trim, the back with petit point armorial of Wilson of Eshton Hall and motto Res Non Verba.

    This pair of chairs is from a suite depicted in a steel-engraved plate of the Library at Eshton Hall published in C.J. Stewart, A Catalogue of the Library Collected by Miss Richardson Currer at Eshton Hall, Craven, Yorkshire, 1833.

    Eshton Hall in Craven, Yorkshire, was rebuilt by Mathew Wilson IV (1772-1854) between 1825 and 1827 according to the designs of the local architect George Webster. Ledgers from the period 1825 to 1841 detailing the rebuilding of Eshton, preserved in the Collection of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society, detail the provision of furnishings of the house provided through the Upholsterer and Cabinet Manufacturer John Kendell of Leeds. Though this particular set of chairs is not specifically mentioned, they relate to an entry dated September 8, 1828 for the provision of "1 Large Handsome Knotted Oak Libr(ary) Table richly carved, fitted up w(i)th drawers, & french polished, the top covered with Morocco Leather & Gilded."

    The frames for these chairs would have been outsourced by Kendell to J. Williamson of London, whose stamp appears on each frame, while the upholstery work, including the armorial, would have been supplied by Kendell.

    Provenance:
    Mathew Wilson IV, Eshton Hall, Craven, Yorkshire
    thence by descent
    Hyde Park Antiques, Ltd., New York, New York

    Literature:
    Frances Collard, Regency Furniture, 1985, page 160


    Condition Report*: refinished, velvet to back of chair backs replaced.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2010
    26th Wednesday
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