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Elizabethan Revival Parcel-Gilt Chairs, each with ring-turned toprail carved with quatrefoils, the horizontal strapwork-carved splat above a caned seat and similarly carved front stretcher, on turned legs with lotus-caps and with box stretchers, two carved TP. Traditionally upholstered and covered in velvet

These chairs have had three decorative schemes prior to their recent dry scraping to return to their original oil gilding. The accompanying photograph shows one of the chairs at Uffington House in the late 19th Century in it's final black and gilt state.


Supplied to George Bertie, 10th Earl of Lindsey (d.1877), Uffington House, Lincolnshire and by descent to Montague Bertie, 12th Earl of Lindsey (d. 1938) and by descent to his daughter, Lady Muriel Felicia Vere Bertie (d.1981), married Henry Liddell-Grainger in 1922, Ayton Castle, Berwickshire.



The inspiration for Elizabethan revival furniture almost certainly derives from Henry Shaw's Specimens of Ancient Furniture (1836), an amalgam of Gothic, Elizabethan and Jacobean furniture from great English house collections. This was quickly followed by a number of pattern books that included designs in the Elizabethan and Gothic styles, namely Furniture with Candelabra and Interior Decoration designed by R. Bridgens (1838), T. King's The Modern Style of Cabinet Work (1839), and H.W. Arrowsmith's The House Decorator and Painter's Guide (1840). Possibly as a reaction to the classical lines and relative lack of carved decoration of Regency furniture there appears to have been an increasing desire for 'rich three-dimensional ornament rather than for flat surfaces' (R. Allwood, 'Machine carving of the 1840s, and the catalogue of the patent wood carving company', Furniture History Society, vol. 32, 1996, p. 90). In 1839, the Wardour Street cabinet-maker, R.H. Bowman wrote, 'for the last 40 or 50 years instead of that gorgeous [sic] splendid furniture of Queen Elizabeth's time we have had poor, plain and paltry', and in 1841, the Art Union reported, 'A taste has of late years arisen for carved furniture of the Tudor, Louis Quartorze and Renaissance periods' (ibid.).


H 90cm x W 52cm x D 52.5cm
H 35½" x W 20½" x D 20¾"

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