A pair of George II c1735 shell back chairs estimated at £20,000-30,000 at the Dreweatts and Bloomsbury auction of fine furniture, works of art, clocks and carpets at Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire on June 30 could go higher. The highly decorative chairs are attributed to Giles Grendey. He became an apprentice in 1709. By 1716 he had a workshop in Clerkenwell, London, from where he ran a successful export business. The distinct shell back design relates to a number of sets attributed to Grendey.
A George II carved gilt wood centre table in the same auction is possibly Irish c1735. The marble top table has a decorated frieze with each side centred with carved native American mask and scrolling foliage surround. The legs are headed by similar masks.