FINE GEORGE II CARVED MAHOGANY SIDECHAIR
Attributed to Giles Grendey
The slightly concave crestrail ending in strong extending paperscrolls over a vertically pierced splat rolling verso into a further large paperscroll, over a trapezoidal stuffover leather covered seat with close-nailed tacks above four boldly shaped and acanthus-carved cabriole legs ending in ball and claw feet with feathering verso
Condition : Excellent, with nicks and scratches appropriate to age; left front carved knee return with a good repair (imperceptible); seat leather with slight wear
See below for information regarding London chair and cabinetmaker Giles Grendey
22" Wide x 21.5" Deep x 37.5" High
Giles Grendey, Cabinetmaker, London, England, 1693-1780
Grendey, born in Gloucestershire in 1693, came to London at the age
of sixteen, as an apprentice to William Sherborne, a
second-generation joiner. He became a freeman of the Joiners'
Company in 1716. His first commission was for Richard Hoare of Barn
Elmes. By 1726 he was taking on apprentices. He is described as a
“Cabinet-Maker and Chair-Maker”, and 1740 as “A great Dealer
in the Cabinet Way”. He carried out a considerable export trade
from Aylesbury House in St. John's Square, Clerkenwell. He was
appointed Upper Warden of the Joiner's Company in 1747 and its
Master in 1766. His son-in-law, John Cobb, was granted a court
appointment as cabinet-maker to George III.
Labeled examples and documented commissions have led to further attributions as they reveal design traits that reoccur on much of Grendey's work. Elements from other known Grendey chairs serving as bases for attribution of this chair include the dating, the strength and stance of the 4 cabriole legs, the vertically pierced back splat, and the quality and nature of the carving.
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Fine George II Carved Mahogany Side Chair, Attributed to London Cabinet and Chair Maker, Giles Grendey, c1745; 4 cabriole legs