James II walnut armchair c.1685.

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A walnut armchair of excellent quality c.1685, in perfect condition, the walnut of good colour and patination, recently expensively, and appropriately, re-upholstered.
This beautiful chair, with the then newly fashionable 'os de mouton' or 'horsebone' front legs, has marked similarities to the pair made by Thomas Roberts, carver and joiner to the Royal Household, for James II (now at Knole). Roberts held this important position throughout the reigns of James II, William and Mary, and Anne. His name has become almost synonymous with the elaborate walnut chairs and stools of the period, carved with ‘mouldings and foldings’, as they are often described in the accounts. Their scrolling arms and stretchers, also referred to in the documents as ‘horsebone’, seem to derive from Flemish and Dutch prototypes in the so-called auricular style.
This chair is not just a piece of usable and functional furniture, but is also a lovely Baroque work of art redolent of its period.
DIMENSIONS: 41.5 inches tall, 24 inches wide, 26 inches deep.
PROVENANCE: South West England private collection.

Portrait of a Young Girl c.1710; Circle ...

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Oil on canvas in the original carved and giltwood frame. The sitter is painted within a fashionable feigned carved stone oval.
The girl looks to be about 14 of 15 years old, which means she would be on the marriage market at that time. She holds a bunch of flowers which signifies two things; firstly they are a symbol of fecundity and future fruitfulness at a time when the main purpose of an aristocratic woman was to produce a son and heir.
Secondly, they are a reminder of the transience of youth and of life itself, especially when at this time the mortality rate for women in childbirth was high.

CHARLES D'AGAR (1669 - 1723) came to England with his Huguenot father Jacques in 1681, settling here permanently after a stay in Copenhagen by 1691. He had a good practice, numbering such people as the Duke of Buccleuch and Lord Bolingbroke among his patrons.
SIZE: 36 x 31.25 inches including frame.
PROVENANCE: Mawley Hall, Shropshire, built in the early 18th century by Sir James Blount, 4th baronet. (see images)