Arts & Crafts Gillows Putti Oak Hall Chair

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Arts & Crafts late Victorian period oak hall chair; possibly by Gillows of Lancaster or the firm of Marsh Jones & Cribb. Two plaster/earthenware panels; top one of putti/children playing and lower circular one of winged putti with trident astride a dolphin; circa 1880s.
Approx 36" overall height, 20" wide, 18" depth. Height to seat 17".
The panels are Royal Copenhagen bisque plaques after the famous Danish scupltor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844), later manufactured by P Ipsen Enert in the late 19th century. (stamped to backs).
Royal Copenhagen (Workshop/Studio)
Of the Period
Late Victorian
Place of Origin
United Kingdom
Date of Manufacture
circa 1880s
Late 19th Century
Materials and Techniques
Wear consistent with age and use
36 in. H x 20 in. W x 18 in. D
91 cm H x 51 cm W x 46 cm D
Dealer Location
London, United Kingdom
Number of Items
Reference Number

About Royal Copenhagen (Workshop/Studio)

Producers of the finest in Danish porcelain, Royal Copenhagen is a company steeped in tradition. Its celebrated blue-and-white china patterns as well as its famed hallmark depicting the royal crown and three waves—symbolizing the monarch who founded the company and the three major waterways of Denmark—are emblems of master craftsmanship.

     Royal Copenhagen was founded in 1775 by Queen Juliane Marie. Years earlier, after the death of her husband, King Frederick V, Juliane’s stepson ascended the throne. Shortly into his reign, he went insane, and the Queen became the head of Denmark and its small empire. She sought to improve Denmark’s economy and founded factories around the country to promote domestic growth and international trade. Royal Copenhagen was one of the first of these. Royal Copenhagen first made dinnerware and vases with blue-and-white motifs inspired by Chinese porcelain, then the rage in aristocratic Europe. Many of these designs are still made today.

     Apart from its classic patterns, Royal Copenhagen has adapted to the changing styles of time and appeals to many different tastes. Their prolific body of work includes Rococo-style porcelain statues that incorporate stylistic floral patterns in an Art Nouveau style, as well as modern vases by such noted 20th century Danish ceramists as Axel Salto. Whether used for special occasions or displayed as part of a design collection, Royal Copenhagen pieces represent a legacy of the highest quality.

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