Kimbolton Castle Bergeres
Second Height: 18
Pair of circa 1830 English Regency bergères of large scale having fully upholstered frames; the curved rectangular backs connecting deep seats with squab cushions and box-form arms on turned oak front legs and splayed rear all on original brass casters marked ‘Cope’s Patent’. Squab cushions measure 19.5″ by 25.5″; arm height 25.5″.
Provenance: Purportedly originally acquired by purchase at the “Third Day’s Sale at Kimbolton Castle, Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire” held by ‘Messrs. Knight, Frank & Rutley’s’ on Wednesday July 20th, 1949.
Both chairs are signed underneath in charcoal “Duke of Manchester”, presumably by the cabinetmaker, and are believed to have been made for Colonel William Montagu, 5th Duke of Manchester (21 October 1771 – 18 March 1843). Lord Manchester was Governor of Jamaica from 1808 to 1827, and during his term oversaw the abolition of the slave trade in the colony. Manchester Parish in Jamaica was named after him and the capital of Mandeville was named after his son, Viscount Mandeville. After his return to Britain, Sir William served as Royal Postmaster General between 1827 and 1830 and was Lord Lieutenant of Huntingdonshire between 1793 and 1841. Lord Manchester married Lady Susan Gordon, third daughter of Alexander Gordon, 4th Duke of Gordon, on 7 October 1793. They had eight children. He survived his wife by fifteen years and died in Rome, Italy, March of 1843, aged 71, and was succeeded in the dukedom by his son, George.
Condition: Good. Wear commensurate with age and use. The wool baize upholstery dates circa 1950 and shows wear and fading.
Number of items: 2
Second Height: 18
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