Apter Fredericks bring Lulworth Castle Chairs to TEFAF New York

Posted: 2016-10-18 10:23:21 - Last updated: 2016-10-18 10:24:38

BADA English furniture specialists Apter-Fredericks will be exhibiting at the inaugural TEFAF New York show this week which runs from 21-26 October at the Park Avenue Armory.
 
Among the many outstanding pieces on display from Apter-Fredericks will be this wonderful pair of mid-18th century “Dragon Chairs”, made for Lulworth Castle, Dorset.
 
Although the overall design reveals an awareness of the Chinoiserie patterns published by Thomas Chippendale, Ince & Mayhew and Robert Manwaring, the intertwined dragons on the top rail show an inventiveness unparalleled by many makers at the time.
 
 
The pair were almost certainly supplied to Edward Weld (1705-1761), who began refurbishing Lulworth Castle soon after he came of age in 1726, a gradual process which continued for over 30 years.
 
The chairs were made between 1755-59 and were most likely ordered as part of the refurbishment to the Weld family bedrooms. They can be attributed with near-certainty to the workshop of the Bastards of Blandford Forum, the local family firm of architect-builders, joiners and upholders responsible for most of the refurbishment of Lulworth Castle.
 
The choice of timbers used in the ‘Dragon Chairs’ manufacture is consistent with work undertaken in a country town, with walnut used for the show-wood (mahogany would have been usual in London) and ash for the seat rails (in London-made furniture of the time, beech would almost always have been used).
 
Apter-Fredericks will be exhibiting on Stand 44 at TEFAF New York
 
For more information on Apter-Fredericks visit apter-fredericks.com
 
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