Attributed to Giles Grendey

England, c1745




The slightly concave crestrail ending in strong extending paperscrolls over a vertically pierced splat rolling verso into a further large paperscroll, over a trapezoidal stuffover leather covered seat with close-nailed tacks above four boldly shaped and acanthus-carved cabriole legs ending in ball and claw feet with feathering verso


Condition : Excellent, with nicks and scratches appropriate to age; left front carved knee return with a good repair (imperceptible); seat leather with slight wear


See below for information regarding London chair and cabinetmaker Giles Grendey


22" Wide x  21.5" Deep x 37.5" High






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Giles Grendey, Cabinetmaker, London, England, 1693-1780


 Giles Grendey, born in Gloucestershire in 1693, came to London at the age of sixteen, as an apprentice to William Sherborne, a second-generation joiner.  He became a freeman of the Joiners' Company in 1716.  His first commission was for Richard Hoare of Barn Elmes.  By 1726 he was taking on apprentices.  He is described as a “Cabinet-Maker and Chair-Maker”, and 1740 as “A great Dealer in the Cabinet Way”.  He carried out a considerable export trade from Aylesbury House in St. John's Square, Clerkenwell. He was appointed Upper Warden of the Joiner's Company in 1747 and its Master in 1766. His son-in-law, John Cobb, was granted a court appointment as cabinet-maker to George III.
Records of Grendey's export business have never been doubted : a fire that badly damaged his workshop in 1731 also destroyed furniture to the value of ?1,000, that he “had pack”d for Exportation against the next Morning”. It is a tantalizing possibility that the destroyed export furniture was intended for Spain and that the existing Lazcano suite is in fact its replacement.


Labeled examples and documented commissions have led to further attributions as they reveal design traits that reoccur on much of Grendey's work. Elements from other known Grendey chairs serving as bases for attribution of this chair include the dating, the strength and stance of the 4 cabriole legs, the vertically pierced back splat, and the quality and nature of the carving.





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