Description & Technical information

This chair is almost identical to a pair that sold at Sotheby’s London, 18 November 2008, lot 384.

The legs on this chair are almost identical to a set of side chairs, almost certainly supplied by Paul Saunders, circa 1757 for Holkham, Norfolk. Another chair from the same Holkham suite is illustrated in John Cornforth, Holkham Hall, Norfolk-IV, Country Life, February 14, 1980, p.431, fig. 14.

Paul Saunders formed a partnership with George Smith Bradshaw circa 1751 and remained together until 1758. Bradshaw continued running the business from the premises in Greek Street, London having taken on John Mayhew as his apprentice two years earlier while Saunders moved to Soho Square with William Ince as his partner. 

The upholstered back and seat with serpentine rails united by scrolled arms in carved mahogany with upholstered arm pads. The front legs of cabriole form and finely carved with acanthus and C scrolls terminating in scrolled feet. Covered in silk damask.


Date:  circa 1760
Period:  18th century
Origin:  English
Medium: Carved mahogany
Dimensions: 100 x 74 x 74 cm (39³/₈ x 29¹/₈ x 29¹/₈ inches)
Categories: Furniture