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Sofa

Sofa

  • Date:

    1825-1830 (made)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by The Monument Fund through The Art Fund

  • Museum number:

    W.21A/1,2-1975

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Date

1825-1830 (made)

Object history note

Supplied by Robert Hughes to the Duke of Northumberland for the Drawing Room at Syon House in the late 1820s. The pair, described as 'two large sofas 9' long and richly carved and gilt.... mat and burnished stuft ... 6 pillows ... covered in figured damask .. double gimp cord on the edges ....48 silk tassels' cost £587.12s.0d. The design for the settee was based on a design of seat furniture for the same room made by the architect Robert Adam in the 1760s, but with additional scrolls reflecting the luxurious Rococo Revival style of the 1820s. The upholstery is close to the original 1760s wall hangings of the room but does not match it exactly. The sofa and its pair both originally had six 'pillow' cushions with silk tassels, but these have been lost.

Robert Hughes was in partnership with Nicholas Morel from 1810-1826, when the partnership was working for the Prince Regent. The firm worked for the Duke of Northumberland in the earlier 1820s, supplying what Ackermann's Repository of the Arts described in 1825 as 'Magnificent Furniture' but Robert Hughes appears to have worked on his own from 1826.

Sold from Syon House at Sotheby's, London, 11 April 1975, lot 158, with its pair.
This sofa was donated to the Museum by The Monument Trust, through The Art Fund. Its pair (W.21-1975) was purchased with the support of 7 London dealers (RF 75/1025).

In 1975 the top cover from this sofa was used to provide fabric to re-cover W.21-1975, for show in the galleries.

The design of the silk is close to that originally on the walls of the Drawing Room at Audley End. This pattern was copied by Warners, Silk Weavers, in 1876, but it is not known who the client was. In 1962 it was re-made for Audley End. According to Nathalie Rothstein the silk on this sofa was woven on a loom dating from before 1830, but could not have been woven in the 18th century.

Descriptive line

Sofa of carved and gilded wood, upholstered in red silk, designed for the Drawing Room at Syon House.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Tipping, H. Avray, English Homes, Period VI, Volume I, Late Georgian, p. 152, fig. 225 and p. 163, fig. 244
Hussey, Christopher, English Country Houses: Mid-Georgian, p. 92, fig. 169

Labels and date

SETTEE
ENGLISH: about 1829
One of a pair. Gilt wood with Spitalfields silk upholstery. Supplied by Mr Robert Hughes to the Duke of Northumberland for the drawing room at Syon House, costing £587.12.0. The design of the settees is derived from the suite of neo-classical seat furniture designed for the same room by Robert Adam in the late 1760s. However the rococo ornament on the arm reflects the most luxurious taste of the 1820's. The upholstery matches the original 1760s's wall hangings of the drawing room at Syon: each sofa originally had six 'pillow' cushions with silk tassels. Robert Hughes was in partnership with Nicholas Morel from 18110-1826; their firm worked for the Prince Regent and enjoyed the highest reputation.

Given by the Monument Trust through the National Art Collections Fund [1981]
Gilt wood with Spitalfields silk upholstery
One of a pair. Supplied by Mr Robert Hughes to the Duke of Northumberland for the drawing room at Syon House, costing £587.12.0. The design ofthe settees is derived from a suite of neo-classical seat furniture designed for the same room by Robert Adam in the late 1760's. However, the rococo ornament on the arm reflects the most luxurious taste of the late 1820's. The upholstery matches the original 1760's wall hangings of the drawing room at Syon: each sofa originally had six 'pillow' cushions with silk tassels. Robert Hughes was in partnership with Nicholas Morel from 1810 o 1826; their firm worked for the Prince Regent and enjoyed the highest reputation.
Given by the Monument Trust through the National Art Collections Fund [1993]

Categories

Furniture

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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