Live Auction, 21 October 2013

Sold for

ZAR 56 840
Lot 12
  • A Cape teak corner armchair, 18th century
  • A Cape teak corner armchair, 18th century


Lot Estimate
ZAR 50 000 - 70 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
ZAR 56 840

About this Item

A Cape teak corner armchair, 18th century


with panelled back, caned seat, on square-section legs joined by box-stretchers

Notes

"Cape corner chairs are rare, and the few known examples are almost all illustrated in the literature. A chair very similar to the present example is depicted in the Cape group portrait of Joachim Wernich, his wife Anna van Reenen and their two-year-old daughter Elizabeth, painted in 1754 by Pieter Willem Regnault (d. 1765), and now in the South African Cultural History Museum [now in Koopmans de Wet House, Cape Town]...Atmore states that these chairs 'must have been prize possessions at the Cape and from the earliest times and were probably made in the last quarter of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.' [Atmore, M.G. (1965) Cape Furniture, Cape Town. p.60]"

Literature

Viljoen, Deon and Rabe, Piér. (2001) Cape Furniture and Metalware, Cape Town and Stellenbosch: Deon Viljoen and Piér Rabe. Illustrated in colour on pages 10-11.


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