A Wonderful Matched Pair of Victorian Armchairs in the Howard Style from Benacre Hall, Suffolk

Origin: English
Period: Late Victorian
Provenance: Sotheby’s Benacre House Sale May 11th 2000, Lot 1236
Date: c.1880
Height: 34.5 inches
Width: 27.5 inches
Depth: 37 inches (each and at extremities)

The matched pair of Victorian Howard style upholstered armchairs being coil sprung and horsehair stuffed, one in oak, the other beech or possibly rosewood(?), on turned legs and casters, fully reupholstered in 100% cotton printed floral fabric with single piping and having been sold in the year 2000 at Sotheby's Benacre House Sale.

The condition of the chairs is fantastic, having been fully reupholstered. All of the original horsehair and innards to the upholstery has been retained. One chair has later rear casters, though this aside they are original order and prove very comfortable. The beech and oak to each is in fine fettle with just a few minor scuffs as one would expect.

These chairs were sold as part of Sotheby's Benacre House Sale, May 11th 2000, Lot 1236. Benacre Hall in Suffolk contained the property of the Estate of the late Sir John Gooch - Sotheby's 9th.10th &11th May 2000. 1691 lots. They sold for £2400 which is approx £3633 now in accordance with inflation rates.

In the reign of Queen Elizabeth, Benacre was the property of Fienes Lord Dacre. Henry North, of Laxfield, Esq. descended from the noble family of his name, purchased it in the reign of Charles I. In 1708, Edward North, Esq. dying without issue, left it to Thomas Carthew, Esq. his wife's relation, who in 1721, built a house here, and made it his residence.[2] From his son, it was purchased in 1745 by Sir Thomas Gooch, Bart, and it has ever since been the residence of that family. Benacre Hall and the Gooch family were associated with each other from 1746 onwards. The Sotheby’s catalogue goes on to say of the sale “Throughout the house there was the intermingling of the very fine with the more normal and the rare with the more usual. Included in the three-day sale is a selection of fine English furniture, Dutch Old Masters, a handsome group of Gooch family portraits, silver and vertu, Continental and English porcelain, militaria and the Gooch library comprising many thousands of volumes and texts, as well as objects associated with a great English country house sale from a stuffed swan to a bottle green velvet smoking jacket”.

Very high quality, comfortable chairs that are gloriously country house.