Art/ Collection/ Collection/ Art Object

Side chair

Giles Grendey (1693–1780)
ca. 1735–40
British, Clerkenwell, London
Lacquered and gilded beech; caning
H. 41-1/2 x W. 21-1/2 x D. 19-3/4 in. (105.4 x 54.6 x 50.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Louis J. Boury, 1937
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 513
The increase in trade between England and the Far East engendered a fascination for things Chinese in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This chair, though made in England, is decorated in imitation of Chinese lacquer, and the central splat bears an image of a mandarin with an umbrella. According to the original label still affixed to the chair, it was made by Giles Grendey of London, who "makes and sells all sorts of cabinet goods, tables, glasses, etc." The chair is one of some eighty such miscellaneous pieces that Grendey supplied on order to the duke of Infantado for his castle of Lazcano in Spain.
Signature: Bears original label of Giles Grendey on underside of seat rail:
GILES GRENDEY / St. John's Square, Clerkenwell, / LONDON, /MAKES and Sells all sorts of / CABINET GOODS, / Tables, Glasses, &c.
Duke of Infantado , castle of Lazcano near San Sebastian, Spain ; Adolph Loewi , Venice (until 1937) ; Louis J. Boury (in 1937; to MMA)
Related Objects

Card table (from a large set)

Artist: Giles Grendey (1693–1780) Date: ca. 1735–40 Medium: Lacquered and gilded beech; lined with felt Accession: 37.114 On view in:Gallery 513

Side chair (one of a pair)

Artist: Jean-Baptiste III Lelarge (French, 1743–1802) Date: ca. 1775–80 Medium: Carved and gilded beechwood Accession: 23.147.2 On view in:Gallery 547

Set of fourteen side chairs

Artist: Thomas Chippendale (British, baptised Otley, West Yorkshire 1718–1779 London) Date: ca. 1772 Medium: Mahogany, covered in modern red morocco leather Accession: 1996.426.1–.14 On view in:Gallery 515

Side chair (voyeuse)

Artist: Attributed to Sulpice Brizard (ca. 1735–after 1798, master 1762) Date: 1780–90 Medium: Carved and gilded beechwood Accession: 69.102.3 On view in:Gallery 547