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Pair of Early C19th English Sabre Legs Regency Chairs by John Gee

A charming pair of early 19th century English regency painted chairs with sabre legs by John Gee stamped under he seat rail.

John Gee is listed as chairmaker and turner 1779-c.1824. See C.Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, p.217-221 for other seat furniture by Gee, some of which is stamped with the same monogram device. The presence of various stamped single intials are thought to denote particular journeymen in the workshop.

Gee entered into partnership with Benjamin Compton ‘Turner in Ordinary to George III’ in 1779 and by 1787 he was himself sworn in as a ‘turner’ jointly with his partner Thomas Aycliffe, who descended from a family of Royal turners. Gee was recorded from 1799 at 49 Wardour Street, Soho. Gee’s son Thomas Aycliffe Gee joined the firm and they were awarded a Royal Warrant in 1804 and were occasionally referred to as Gee & Sons. The firm’s activity is not well documented although a payment was received in 1790 from Lord Wilton for chairs supplied for the Music Room at Heaton Hall.

Reference number

16527

Origin

England Circa 1830

Measurements

Height: 81.5cm (32.1 inches)
Width: 47.5cm (18.7 inches)
Depth: 54.5cm (21.5 inches)
42cm High (floor to seat)

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