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A pair of Regency period parcel gilt cross-framed stools (1815 England)

Artist

In the manner of THOMAS HOPE (1764-c.1831)

Country of Origin

England

Dated

1815

Medium

parcel gilt

Dimensions

31.10inch wide   26.40inch high   20.50inch deep
(78.99 cm wide  67.06 cm high  52.07 cm deep)


Description / Expertise

A pair of Regency period parcel gilt cross-framed stools in the manner of Thomas Hope, the arm rests headed by griffin’s heads with stylised gilt manes, the painted frames resembling patinated bronze and joined with carved and gilt reeded decoration centred with a central rosette motif, standing on carved and gilded lion’s paw feet.

These elegant cross-framed stools reflect the work of the pre-eminent designer Thomas Hope in the early 19th century. Hope was greatly influenced by his extensive Grand Tour travels across Europe as well as Greece, Turkey and Egypt. Hope’s Duchess Street home became the showcase for his vision of antiquity across the different cultures, incorporating Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Indian elements. Hope officially opened his home in 1802 to visitors, and the Prince of Wales made an appearance at the grand opening. Duchess Street became an
attraction for the discerning connoisseur and many notable figures travelled to see Hope’s interiors, including the artist Benjamin West, who proclaimed that it was‘the finest specimen of true taste... either in England or in France.’ Hope went on to publish his designs in 1807 with full measurements as a way to encourage accurate imitation of his work rather than the lesser copies that were being produced by his contemporaries. His publication Household Furniture and Interior Decoration was notable for the manner in which it represented furniture designs in outline only, eliminating any sense of depth, shadow, or stylistic contrasts. Hope’s decision to depict his designs in this way reflects his
fundamental allegiance to the Neo-classical aesthetic and recalls John Flaxman’s illustrations for Dante’s Divine Comedy in 1793.