A pair of early George III mahogany hall chairs from Harewood House, Yorkshire, attributed to William and John Linnell, Circa 1760

Each with a scrolled serpentine top rail centred by foliage and flanked by turned finials above a panelled back, edged with foliate and bead-and-reel ornament, the out scrolled arms with bead-and-reel edging above a solid seat with ribbon-and-rosette carved edge and a fluted frieze, on baluster legs headed with foliage and with guilloche carved bun feet, with batten carrying holes to the underside.

Height 39 in. (99 cm.)

Width 26 in. (66 cm.)

Depth 24½ in. (62 cm.)

Almost certainly supplied to either Edwin Lascelles (d.1795) for Harewood House, Yorkshire or his London House in Portland Street, or to Daniel Lascelles (d.1784) for Goldsborough Hall, Yorkshire.

Thence by descent with the Earls of Harewood to the 6th Earl of Harewood, K.G., G.C.V.O., D.S.O., Chesterfield House, London; sold Christie’s London, 1 April 1976, lot 43 (a set of four armchairs and a settee).

This pair purchased by J. B. Hawkins Antiques from Mallett in 1978 for £4,000 and sold to the Sydney collector, Will Noble.

Repurchased on his death by J. B. Hawkins Antiques 2003.

The other pair sold Christie’s, Simon Sainsbury, The Creation of an English Arcadia London, 18 June 2008, £457,250.