A set of twelve George III giltwood salon chairs, circa 1760.

The shaped moulded backs scrolled and carved with cabochons, the outset padded arms with scroll and cabochon-carved handles and supports to an upholstered seat.

The backs, seats and arm caps covered in probably 19th Century yellow ground floral gros point needlework; the moulded seat rail decorated with applied strapwork and flowerheads.

The scroll-moulded cabriole legs carved with acanthus leaves and the knees with husks, on leaf-carved scroll toes, 105cm high.

The chairs are attributed to Mayhew and Ince, the London firm much favoured by Brownlow, 9th Earl of Exeter (1725-1793).

They are almost certainly those listed in Mayhew and Ince’s account of 1767: ‘July 22nd 12 mahogany elbow chairs, stuff’d and cover’d with spanish leather, quilted, stuffed, backs with serge and brass nail’d at 45\- 27-0-0’.


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