Interiors, Cardiff

Fri 22 January 2021, 10:00 AM - Cardiff Saleroom, South Wales

Lot 32

PAIR 19TH CENTURY CHIPPENDALE STYLE `GAINSBOROUGH` LIBRARY ARMCHAIRS, later yellow upholstered camel backs, arms and stuffover seats, blind fret carved down swept arms and legs joined by pierced H-stretchers (2)¦¦Provenance: By repute, given to Ida Szczepanska by Howard Carter (1834-1939), celebrated Archaeologist and Egyptologist and discoverer of Tutankhamun`s tomb in 1922 with whom he was friends. Thence by descent to the present owner being a Glamorgan gentleman. Ida Szczepanksa (see image) lived at The Old Plough in Hurstbourne Tarrant, in the vicinity of Highclere Castle, seat of 5th Lord Carnarvon, when she was friendly with Carter (see image of a relative of hers seated in one chair therein). The family recalls Aunt Dolly (Ida) receiving an Egyptian scarab from Carter, which was sadly stolen from the family many hears ago and never recovered. We surmise that this pair of library chairs would have been part of the furnishings in his flat in Collingham Gardens, Kensington, but no concrete evidence to support this has been established to date.¦Condition Report: Some damage to the blind fret to legs of both chairs, stretchers possibly later.¦COLLECTING ITEMS STRICTLY BY PRE-ARRANGED APPOINTMENT / SAFE DELIVERIES CAN BE ARRANGED (PLEASE ENQUIRE)

Guide price
£1500 - £2500

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