WILLIAM WHITE, FSA (1825–1900) FOR BISHOPS COURT
TWO GOTHIC REVIVAL OAK ARMCHAIRS, CIRCA 1860
comprising two armchairs, of slightly varying design, each with a shaped cresting and scrolls, the pierced upholstered back above padded arms terminating in large scrolls, raised on knopped legs with front castors, one with a rectangular seat, the other rounded, upholstered in deep red velvet (2)
chair one, larger: 69cm wide, 108cm high, 52cm deep. chair two, smaller: 66cm wide, 111cm high, 50cm deep Estimate £3,000-5,000 + fees Provenance: The Bishops Court, Sowton, Devon
Bearnes auctioneers, Exeter, 'The Principal Contents of Bishop's Court, auction Monday 26th September 1994, Lots 463 and 464
Note: Originally a palace of the medieval bishops of Exeter from the mid-13th century the whole building was remodelled, and the elevations reworked in 1860-4 by William White, for the Garrett family who had purchased it in 1833. The renovation of the house and furnishings in the Gothic Revival style is considered to be White's most important domestic commission. White designed the fittings and much of the furniture, with exceptional attention to detail, specifically for the house of which these chairs formed a part.