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Harmer, B (1800)

Harmer, B

address unrecorded; chair maker (fl.c.1800)

A library reading chair recorded bearing the stamp of ‘B. HARMER’, [Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, Ipswich Museums and Art Galleries, L. 1941–125]. The  stamp also found on set of hall chairs with lunette crestings at Petworth House, Sussex and a suite at Powderham Castle, Devon attributed to Marsh and Tatham, an X-framed chair corresponding exactly to a design in Thomas Hope’s Household Furniture and Interior Decoration (1807). Also on set of six mahogany shield-back chairs, c.1790, each with five curved splats headed by sprays of leaves, with nailed leather seats and chamfered legs; and on a mahogany piano stool with stuffed circular legs [Sotheby's, 26 October 1962, lot 158; 11 October 1974, lot 146]; also on a suite of Regency ebonised and parcel gilt dining chairs. [Christie's, 29 November 1984, lot 32 (illus.)]. Several of these and one from a set of stamped mahogany chairs, c.1800 (sold Sotheby’s, 6 Oct 1989, lot 121) and one of a pair of giltwood beech chairs, c.1800 (sold Christie’s 7 Oct 1993, lot 97) are illustrated in Gilbert (1996), figs 472-480.

Source: DEFM; Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840 (1996).