M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
GEORGE II UNUSUALLY CARVED FRUITWOOD OPEN ARMCHAIR
England (probably North Country), c1735-40
An exuberantly carved armchair, possibly provincial, and certainly from a sophisticated and skilled craftsman, the wood probably wild cherry, having a shaped crestrail centering stylized trees, in a heraldic manner, on a stippled ground, over a vertically pierced columnar splat below interlaced strapwork and above an inverted heart, the arms with down-turned handholds lightly incised as eagle heads, the stiles with diminutive gadrooning to the outside; the trapezoid slip seat with a solid rail above gadrooned molding and a scalloped apron, the front cabriole legs with foliate carved and stipples knees and ending in webbed ball and claw feet; the chamfered rear legs with a connecting stretcher; pegged construction; of quite heavy weight
Provenance : David H. Wilson, Teaneck NJ
David H. Wilson (1949-2011) was one of this country's leading connoisseurs in 17th and 18th century British furniture. He served as a consultant, appraiser and restorer for Sotheby’s and Christies, as well as leading dealers and collectors in New York, London, and throughout the United States. Mr. Wilson was also instrumental in vetting many major collections for authenticity. After a long and valiant battle with cancer Mr. Wilson died in February 2011. M. Ford Creech Antiques, whose furniture acquisitions Mr. Wilson has directed since January 2009, is offering for sale part of his furniture collection, each piece being chosen for a very unique and captivating quality - and each "exactly right". Mr. Wilson never chose to impress - more to delight his own impeccable eye, his sense of grace, history - and humor.
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Arms terminating in eagle's heads are seen in England from c1725. A realistically carved example in mahogany and gilt from Arundel Castle, West Sussex, is illustrated in The Dictionary of British Furniture, Macquoid & Edwards, #79. A simpler example without feathered supports is shown in Figure 81, from Houghton Castle, Norfolk. This example is provincial, probably North Country, c1735-40.
Condition : Excellent
39.25” High x 25.5” Wide x 22.5” Deep
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George II Unusually Carved Fruitwood Open Armchair, England (probably North Country), c1735-40