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Furniture rest

Furniture rest

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, moulded and glazed

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 30, shelf 3

Surprisingly little is known about this object type and their usage. Furniture rests seem to have been made in sets and were used during the late 18th and 19th centuries, to raise and protect wooden furniture from damp and damage in a domestic environment. These rests are often referred to incorrectly as 'window rests'. They were thought to have been used to hold open sash windows, however the shapes and wear on these rests clearly indicate use under furniture legs.

Physical description

Earthenware, moulded and glazed platform furniture rest.

Place of Origin

England (made)


19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, moulded and glazed

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed with 'pant 1898'


Width: 8.5 cm, Depth: 10.2 cm, Height: 10.3 cm

Descriptive line

Furniture rest, earthenware, glazed and moulded, a King Charles Spaniel, made in England, 19th century

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

Garland, P., "Ceramic Furniture Rests", 2011, p.60
Garland, P., "Ceramic Furniture Rests", 2011, p.58-60
Garland, Peter, "Ceramic Furniture Rests", Garland / Synergie Group, 2011.


Earthenware; Glaze



Subjects depicted





Ceramics Collection

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