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Armchair

Armchair

  • Place of origin:

    Venice (made)

  • Date:

    1690-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved boxwood with modern upholstery, covered in silk

  • Museum number:

    W.6-1976

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This chair is made of carved boxwood and has recently been reupholstered with domed padding and elaborate fringes, to re-create the appearance it might have had when it was new. The acanthus ornament on the wood is similar to Italian-influenced designs by Johann Indau (Romanische Ziehrathen, published before1685) and Mathias Echter (Fogliami romani, published in1679) but it is also similar to the exuberantly carved furniture made in Venice at about this time by Andrea Brustolon (1662 - 1732). This chair once belonged to Charles Somers, 3rd Earl Somers, (1819 - 1883) of Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire. Somers was a great collector of Italian Art.

Place of Origin

Venice (made)

Date

1690-1700 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carved boxwood with modern upholstery, covered in silk

Dimensions

Height: 132.1 cm, Width: 66 cm, Depth: 18.3 cm

Object history note

This chair once belonged to Charles Somers, 3rd Earl Somers, (1819 - 1883) of Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire. Somers was a great collector of Italian Art.

The chair was reupholstered, using crimson velvet with red and gold fringe, in 1977 by Heather Taylor (Gilbey). See her report with photos and samples in Red Upholstery box.
FDC 17/07/2006

Labels and date

Probably written by Peter Thornton, 1976

ARMCHAIR
ITALY (Venice). c. 1700
Carved boxwood, the upholstery of modern silk velvet, with fringing

The acanthus carving resembles printed designs by Johann Indau, Romanische Ziehrathen (before 1685), Mathias Echter, Fogliami romane (1679) and others. The technique of the carving is close to the work of Andreas Brustolon (1662-1723). This chair is probably an important Venetian example of the international acanthus style. It was formerly at Eastnor Castle.

W.6-1976
[01/01/1976]

Materials

Silk; Boxwood

Techniques

Carved; Upholstered

Categories

Furniture

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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