Charles II carved walnut chair c.1675-85.

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9144

This is a fine chair of its type, the carving of better quality than is usual; this is fluid and accomplished. The walnut is of good colour and patination.
This style of cane backed and seated chairs had represented a revolution in seating comfort, but with the disadvantage of fragility.
A surprising number of these chairs still exist (they were made in their thousands) but many are now suitable only for decorative purposes as woodworm, frequent recaning and damage to the joints and the tall backs have rendered them virtually unusable.
This one has had its cane seat replaced and there is a small damage in the caned back. The chair is absolutely firm and steady, completely ready to use in a normal way.


DIMENSIONS: 45 inches tall, 20 inches wide, 18 inches deep.
PROVENANCE: In the Private Collection of a now retired Suffolk antiques dealer for the last 50 years. There is an old exhibition label under the seat which reads "Cambridge - Lent by A.S.F. Gow M.A. Trinity College 1941. Walnut chair 'English' period of Charles II"
£595
| $792 USD | €674 EUR

'Japanned' chair c.1700 - 15.

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9143

This elegant chair is a fine example of the Queen Anne period c.1700; tall and elegant, it has the angled front legs the advent of which was the 1690s, and was an important new stage in English chair design. The fashionable life of the 'corner horsebone' leg was from the 1690s to about 1715.
This style of cane backed and seated chairs had represented a revolution in seating comfort, but with the disadvantage of fragility.
A surprising number of these chairs still exist (they were made in their thousands) but many are now suitable only for decorative purposes as woodworm, frequent recaning and damage to the joints and the tall backs have rendered them virtually unusable.
This one has been recaned and is usable, although as is usually the case, there is a slight movement to the joints of the back legs.

The chair is 'japanned', which was an English attempt to copy the very fashionable lacquered furniture being imported from the Orient. 'Japanning' was a prolonged, and therefore expensive, business. In the 1690s it was advised that 24 coats of seed-lac be applied, each one being allowed to dry before the next coat was applied, then polished, and then the gilt decoration to be painstakingly applied. This makes this chair really quite rare. Another unusual feature is the very decorative stretcher with a well turned finial.

DIMENSIONS: 53 inches tall, 18.5 inches at widest point. 19 inches deep.

PROVENANCE: In the Private Collection of a now retired Suffolk antiques dealer for the last 50 years.
£695
| $925 USD | €787 EUR

Portrait of Miss Catherine Johnson 1710; by ...

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9141

Oil on canvas in a fine carved and giltwood period frame. Signed and dated 7 July 1710, mid left.

This is a charming portrait of the young Catherine Russel of Milton Bryan(t) Manor, Bedfordshire. The manor, which had been the property of Woburn Abbey until the Dissolution, had been acquired by William Johnson in 1665.

ANTHONY RUSSEL (1663-1743) was the son of the artist Theodore Russel. He studied under Riley c1680; his style was strongly influenced by van Dyke. He was regarded as a minor competitor to Richardson and Murray. He died in July 1743 aged 80.


SIZE: 35.25 x 30 inches inc. frame.

PROVENANCE: Private Collection, Edinburgh, Scotland. This owner having had the painting and frame restored and conserved, Verso: Type written label "Portrait of Miss Catherine Johnson of Milton Bryan, aged 10, 7th July 1710. Mother of Catherine, the first wife of Sir Hugh Inglis (1744-1820) Director of the East India Company. Painted by Anthony Russel 1663-1743." There is also a fragment of an old handwritten label, from which it seems the information had come.
£4,950
| $6,591 USD | €5,609 EUR

Portrait of a Member of the Bishop ...

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9135

Oil on canvas in an 18th century giltwood frame. The sitter was a brother of James Bishop of Lower Tre-Kyninge, uncle of Anne Bishop, afterwards Rogers. There was an old label to this effect on the back of the frame, now unfortunately lost.
The sitter wears a costly silk robe, very fashionable for informal wear, yet he retains his formal wig for his portrait. The statement being made is all to do with wealth and status. He is depicted writing, an indication that he was of a literary inclination.

The Bishops were a Cornish gentry family, possessed of several estates. However, when Anne Bishop, sole daughter and heiress of James Bishop Esq, of Lower Tre-Kyninge, married Hugh Rogers Esq, High Sheriff of Cornwall, in 1770, all Bishop possessions passed to the Rogers family.

In late 2018 Charles Rogers of Penrose House died, and in 2019 this portrait and others were sold.
This portrait is not signed by the artist, but others in the collection were, and it is obvious that the same hand was responsible. The signature was 'B. Burghende'. This was Bartholomeus van Burgindis, a Dutch artist, working from 1663-1703. He painted many of the Cornish gentry and one of his portraits is in The Royal Cornwall Museum; Dr. Nathaniel Spry, dated 1703.

SIZE: 34 x 31.75 inches including the frame.
PROVENANCE: By descent through the Bishop and Rogers families of Penrose Estate, Porthleven, Cornwall.
£3,250
| $4,327 USD | €3,682 EUR

Portrait of James Bishop c.1703, by Bartholomeus ...

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9136

Oil on canvas in the original fine carved and giltwood frame. Inscribed upper left 'James Bishop. Born May 7 1690'.
James Bishop of Lower Tre-Kyninge, Cornwall, has reached the age where it is appropriate to wear the large full bottomed wig so fashionable at the time; his hand held elegantly in a pose much favoured by gentlemen and aristocrats.

The Bishops were a Cornish gentry family, possessed of several estates. However, when Anne Bishop, sole daughter and heiress of James Bishop Esq, of Lower Tre-Kyninge, married Hugh Rogers Esq, High Sheriff of Cornwall, in 1770, all Bishop possessions passed to the Rogers family.
In late 2018 Charles Rogers of Penrose House died, and in 2019 this portrait and others were sold.
This portrait is not signed by the artist, but others in the collection were, and it is obvious that the same hand was responsible. The signature was 'B. Burghende'. This was Bartholomeus van Burgindis, a Dutch artist, working from 1663-1703. He painted many of the Cornish gentry and one of his portraits is in The Royal Cornwall Museum; Dr. Nathaniel Spry, dated 1703.

SIZE: 34.5 x 29.25 inches including the frame.
PROVENANCE: By descent through the Bishop and Rogers families of Penrose Estate, Porthleven, Cornwall.
£4,750
| $6,325 USD | €5,382 EUR

Portrait of Edward Bishop c1700, by Bartholomeus ...

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9137

Oil on canvas in the original fine carved and giltwood frame.
Inscribed upper left 'Edward Bishop. Born 1687'. This is a charming portrait of a young Cornish gentleman, about 12-13 years old; his stance , hand on hip, and a silk cloak draped around him, was very fashionable.
The Bishops were a Cornish gentry family, possessed of several estates. However, when Anne Bishop, sole daughter and heiress of James Bishop Esq, of Lower Tre-Kyninge, married Hugh Rogers Esq, High Sheriff of Cornwall, in 1770, all Bishop possessions passed to the Rogers family.

In late 2018 Charles Rogers of Penrose House died, and in 2019 this portrait and others were sold.
This portrait is not signed by the artist, but others in the collection were, and it is obvious that the same hand was responsible. The signature was 'B. Burghende'. This was Bartholomeus van Burgindis, a Dutch artist, working from 1663-1703. He painted many of the Cornish gentry and one of his portraits is in The Royal Cornwall Museum; Dr. Nathaniel Spry, dated 1703.
SIZE: 34.5 x 29.75 inches including the frame.
PROVENANCE: By descent through the Bishop and Rogers families of Penrose Estate, Porthleven, Cornwall.
£3,950
| $5,260 USD | €4,476 EUR

Portrait of a Lady c. 1690; Circle ...

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9128

Oil on canvas in an appropriate reproduction frame.

The attractive unknown sitter was clearly a lady of wealth and status; she regards us with a quiet confidence. She wears many pearls...the Baroque jewel par excellence... not only highly fashionable but also signifying purity and chastity (concepts more admired than honoured at this time in the Court!).

NICOLAS de LARGILLIERE (baptized Oct. 10, 1656, Paris, France—died March 20, 1746, Paris), French historical and portrait painter who excelled in painting likenesses of the wealthy middle classes. Most artists of his time took as their standard of excellence the adherence to Classical models and an emphasis on drawing, while some broke away in favour of the style of Rubens and an emphasis on colour. Trained in Antwerp and showing great admiration for the Flemish masters, Largilličre came to be looked upon as a pioneer by those 18th-century artists who followed the later, more modern course. In 1709, he painted the royal family portrait of The Family of Louis XIV. This portrait shows King Louis XIV, Madame de Ventadour (governess of the children of the Duke of Burgundy), the 3-year old Louis, Duke of Brittany (1707–1712), Louis, Grand Dauphin and Louis, Duke of Burgundy, future Dauphin.
Highly honoured in his lifetime, he was made Chancellor of the Academy in 1743.

SIZE: 33 x 27 including the frame.
PROVENANCE: Cheshire private collection.
£3,850
| $5,126 USD | €4,362 EUR

A Lady of the Sparkes family c1700; ...

Item Ref
9129

Oil on canvas, in a William Kent style frame. Portrait of a lady of the Sparkes family, traditionally called Lady Rose, although this name cannot be traced.
Verso: old label "Sparkes. Wonersh. Married Hennisy (sic) Sarker(?) 18 yr"

The Sparkes family were large landowners in the Bramley and Wonersh areas during the 18th & 19th C. The name appears in the parish registers and monuments in both Wonersh and Bramley, however evidence of the relationship between the parts of the family (whose residences included in Rowleys, Littley Tangley & Green Place) has not so far been found.
Green Place in Wonersh is adjacent to the Church. In the 15th Century it was the home of the Elyott family (whose brasses record the life of Thomas and his son Henry). After they left the house fell into disrepair and is recorded in the 17th C as being in a state of dilapidation. Richard Sparkes (1715-1786) evidently purchased the property and so their family name first appears in Wonersh. (The house today features a big curved staircase of this period that is thought to have been the inspiration for E H Shepherd for his illustration to AA Milne’s poem “Halfway Down”, which shows Pooh Bear lying at the top of a staircase.)

MICHAEL DAHL (1659-1743) was born in Stockholm; after studying in Paris, Rome and Frankfurt he settled in London. He soon became the best patronised portrait painter in England after Kneller. He was much employed at the Court painting many portraits; a great patron of the 1690s was the Duke of Somerset, for whom he painted the series of portraits of Court ladies known as the 'Petworth Beauties'.

SIZE: 40 x 32.75 inches including the frame.
PROVENANCE: Berkshire private collection.

£4,250
| $5,659 USD | €4,816 EUR