English, mid-18th C.
40-1/2"h x 29"w (over seat) x 26"w (in seat) x 18"d (seat)
A very similar set of chairs feature in a painting of the Gough family by William Verelst, dated 1741. See Bonham's Fine English Furniture Auction, London, New Bond Street, 20 November 2013, lot 47 for a similar example. https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20743/lot/47/
A pair chairs exhibited: David S. Howard, A Tale of Three Cities, Canton, Shanghai and Hong Kong, Sotheby's London, 1997, cat. No. 217, illustrated p. 168, fig.217 and sold Sotheby's London Important English Furniture, 10 July 1998 £60,900.
Carl L. Crossman, The Decorative Arts of the China Trade, 1991, p. 233, pl. 85 (a pair of chairs from the Richard Milhender Collection).
Lucy Wood, The Upholstered Furniture in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, 2008, vol. I, pp. 429-440 (A set of six chairs including a pair of armchairs) also illustrated in Percy Macquoid, English Furniture, Tapestry and Needlework, 1929, pl. 39, fig. 138.
Edward Lennox-Boyd ed., Masterpieces of English Furniture: The Gerstenfeld Collection, 1998, p. 80, pls. 58-59 (side chairs including one of a pair of walnut chairs upon which the present examples may be based).
Country Life, 2013, 'The Art Market Review', 31 July 2013, p. 77., fig. 4 (a set of twelve chairs exhibited at Masterpiece 2013 by Mallett of Dover Street).
Provenance: Property from the Estate of Robert K. Johnson of Maine and South Carolina
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