A majestic 18th century sofa made for the 1st Earl Spencer will be offered for sale by London dealer Apter-Fredericks at the International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show, which runs from October 25-31 in New York.
The piece was made by upholsterer John Gordon (1748-1777) after the earl employed James "Athenian" Stuart (1713-1788) to furnish Spencer House. It is part of a suite that is considered among the finest of Gordon's work.
James Stuart is recognised as one of the leading figures in neo-classicism, leading a highly influential career under the patronage of Earl Spencer, which resulted in Stuart and Revett's publication The Antiquities of Athens, the first accurate record of classical Greek architecture.
See our magnificent selection of fine furniture for sale, which includes spectacular pieces from John Linnell and Gillows of Lancaster.