The Fine Sale | 22 November 2017
A set of twelve George III ebonised, parcel gilt and polychrome painted...
A set of twelve George III ebonised, parcel gilt and polychrome painted dining chairs by John Gee, circa 1810, comprising of six armchairs and six side chairs, each moulded rectangular back with pierced lattice splat, each tablet above painted with a scene of red and white flowers, each caned seat above turned tapering outswept legs at the front with ring turned collar detail, three armchairs stamped 'GEE' and journeymans stamp 'WP', one armchair stamped 'GEE' three times and indistinct journeymans stamp 'EL' twice, another armchair stamped 'GEE' twice and journeymans stamp 'EL', all six side chairs stamped 'GEE'
Provenance: Private collection from a significant Gloucestershire manor house.
In around 1779 John Gee entered into partnership with Benjamin Crompton who was 'Turner in Ordinary to George III'. From 1799 Gee featured in directories as a chair maker at 49 Wardour Street, Soho. John Gee is frequently referred to as 'Chairmaker & Turner to His Majesty'. In 1804 Gee's son Thomas Ayliffe was awarded a Royal Warrant jointly with his father. John Gee retired in 1823 and the firm was taken over in 1824 by Charles Bridges. Of the few payments to the firm that have come to light, in 1790 Ayliffe and Gee received £49 8s from Lord Wilton for chairs for the music room at Heaton Hall. Stamps to chairs by the maker are often accompanied by impressed initials, most likely struck by journeyman in the workshop. For a related set of chairs by Gee, see Christopher Gilbert, Marked London Furniture, 1700-1840, Furniture History Society, W.S. Maney and Son Ltd, 1996, page 218, fig 380. See also page 219, fig 381 for a chair demonstrating very similar floral painted decoration.
Marks, knocks, scratches, abrasions consistent with age and use,
Some joins opening up to frames,
The caning refreshed,
With surface losses to paint and gilt decoration for age and use, one chair notably to the rear side,
Minor chips and losses to extremities,
Overall the frames appear stable,
Wednesday 22 November 2017, 10.00am
Sunday 19 November
10am - 2pm
Monday 20 November
9am - 5.30pm
Tuesday 21 November
9.00am - 4.30pm
Day of sale from 8.30am