Lot 243: George II Irish Needlework Upholstered Walnut Wing Chair
January 25, 2017
New York, NY, USALive Auction
George II Irish Needlework Upholstered Walnut Wing Chair
The arched padded backrest, sides and seat covered in multicolored floral gros point on a red background, raised on cabriole legs joined by a shaped flat stretcher and ending in faceted feet.
Alistair Sampson Antiques Ltd., London
Irish wing armchairs are fairly rare but the present chair, with its flat stretcher and faceted feet are characteristic features of chairs from Ireland. An interesting parallel can be drawn between furniture made in Ireland and furniture made in Philadelphia, a distinction made by David Stockwell of Wilmington, Delaware, in an article in The Magazine Antiques, March 1961, p. 269, upon which Desmond FitzGerald, The Knight of Glin, elaborated in another article, 'Irish mahogany furniture: a source for American design?', The Magazine Antiques, April 1971, pp. 568-573. The reason for this parallel is that many Irish Quakers moved to Philadelphia in the late 17th to the mid-18th centuries and influenced furniture design in the American Colonies' largest city.
An Irish wing chair with a similar flat stretcher, originally thought to be American, is in the collection of the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, illustrated, The Knight of Glin and James Peill, Irish Furniture, 2007, pp. 110-111, fig. 145
C Property from the Collection of Bennett and Judie Weinstock
Overall good restored condition, beautiful color and timber, old marks and scratches, back left leg with repairs at juncture of stile and seat rail, corner braces later, stretcher in need of tightening, needlework 18th century associated with restorations and losses, especially to top of right wing, areas of restoration with later wool yarn, beautiful rake to back legs
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