Mr Stephen Loft-Simson in a chairman's livery

Until his untimely death in 2022 Stephen Loft-Simson specialised in research into European Sedan Chairs.

All enquiries to Catherine Din: +44 (0)117 9511906 .

Sedan Chair for sale

An Avignon Sedan Chair (chaise a porteur) possibly by Guignet, c. 1750

Front Right cornerLeft viewBack of chairInteriorClose-up of doorRoof cornerRight side detail

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Short description: Painted in elegant grey flowered arabesques, lined in a green silk flowered damask, with green comb cartisane fringe and a single remaining side iron curtain rail and tie-backs. Quarter-glass windows in the Italian shape. Twin blank armorials with bases and supports to front door and upper rear panel – as for a gift to a bride with a Marquise’s coronet above. Upper-side panels with mirrored initials JG or IG in blue cartouche with ornamented supports and Marquise’s coronets above. Three small blue grisaille (monochrome) cartouche paintings representing a goddess in the Mediterranean Sea (possibly Aphrodite/Venus?) with ornamental surrounds in gold paint. One of the earliest dozen or so surviving sedan chairs in Britain.

Dimensions: tall 68 inches (173 cms), deep 36.5 inches (93 cms), broad 32 inches (82 cms)

Price: £6,950. A very rare and beautiful piece of vehicle applied art, suitable to adorn any lobby or hall of a mansion or country house.

Present location: viewable near Gloucester, England.

All enquiries to Catherine Din: +44 (0)117 9511906 .

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