An important and rare pair of mid 18th century blue japanned armchairs attributed to Giles Grendey, each having a shaped and pierced crest rails carved with acanthus leaf and cabochon clasp above a vase shaped splat and shaped siles with out-swept arms terminating in scroll ends on back scroll supports joined to the side of the caned seat with squab cushion above shaped seat rails; on cabriole legs terminating in claw and ball feet joined by a turned and curved H-stretcher to the turned back legs terminating in share toes.
Giles Grendey is well known for his japanned furniture and mirror frames. His company exported much of his goods abroad including the well documented suite of red japanned furniture to the Duke of Infantado for his castle in Lazcano in Spain. Here the style of gold decoration is comparable to the decoration on the chairs.
Blue japanning is amongst the rarest colours.
English, circa 1750
Height:: 42 1/2 in; 108 cm
Height of seat: 19 in; 49 cm
Width: 25 3/4 in; 65.5 cm
Depth: 22 1/2 in; 57 cm
Christopher Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, London 1996, pp. 245-248.
Private collection, Italy.