Description & Technical information

A pair of George I giltwood two seater settees.
The pair of settees formed part of a large suite of giltwood furniture consisting of at least six settees and six side chairs.
Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton, (1767-1852) devoted much of his life to the fine arts and collecting. Hamilton Palace in Lanarkshire, Scotland, was extensively refurbished during the 1820s, and according to H. Avray Tipping, who researched the history of the palace for his series of articles in Country Life magazine in 1919, it is possible that this suite was part of the refurbishment. 
An auction at Christie’s in 1882 sold much of the 10th Duke’s late wife’s collection from the Beckford family, but the giltwood suite did not form part of the sale and was retained by the family until further sales dispersed more furniture from Hamilton Palace in 1919. The palace itself was demolished a few years later in 1927 after suffering severe subsidence caused by coal mining.

Date:  1725
Period:  George I
Origin:  English
Medium: Giltwood
Dimensions: 103 x 124.5 x 81 cm (40¹/₂ x 49 x 31⁷/₈ inches)
Provenance: Hamilton Palace, Scotland, until demolished in 1927.
Private collection of Jacob Wonsal (Jack L. Warner), California, USA.
Literature: Illustrated:
H. Avray Tipping, ‘Hamilton Palace I’, Country Life, 7 June 1919, p. 668.
H. Avray Tipping, ‘Hamilton Palace II’, Country Life, 14 June 1919, p. 721.
Lucy Wood, Upholstered Furniture in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, vol. I, 2008, p. 325, fig. 190.
Categories: Furniture