Live Auction, 21 October 2013
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with panelled back, caned seat, on square-section legs joined by box-stretchers
"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]"
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.