Antique satinwood lyre back armchair by Gillows of Lancaster
A fine George III style lyre back satinwood armchair by Gillows of Lancaster and in the manner of John Linnell.
For an identical armchair - see lot 93 Bonhams New Bond Street, 20/11/2016. That chair was in mahogany and made £3,750 including buyers premium. The Bonhams chair was stamped 'GILLOW & CO. 17894' indicating a date of manufacture of 1885-1889, see S.Stuart, 'Gillow Marks, Labels and Stamps 1770-1960.
A very similar late 18th century chair is illustrated in the Victoria & Albert Museum, English Chairs, 1970 and thought to have been made by Francis Herve who worked for Henry Holland at Carlton House. Furthermore the design of these chairs relates most close to a Linnell drawing in the V&A museum which is reproduced in H.Hayward and P.Kirkham, Vol. II, p.38, fig.62.
My father bought this chair in the 1980s for his collection and apart the new seat cover, it is in lovely 'untouched' condition - indeed much of the metal-work and the casters still retain their original lacquer.
Width: 23'' / 58.5cm
Height: 36'' / 91.5cm
Depth: 26'' / 66cm
Stock Number: CA2127 [MOX-133]