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  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1600 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved and turned walnut, with embroidery

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Carved wood chairs, the back and seat covered with applique embroidery.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


ca. 1600 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Carved and turned walnut, with embroidery

Object history note

Bought for £3 10s (with 1538-1855)
RF 65/1619

Descriptive line

Pair of Venetian chairs, carved wood, applique embroidery, ca. 1600

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

H.Avray Tipping, Italian furniture of the Italian Renaissance as represented at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Country Life March 31st 1917, pp. 3-8
John Hungerford Pollen, Ancient & Modern Furniture & Woodwork (London: George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode, 1874), 114.
“1537. ’55. CHAIR. Carved wood, the back and seat covered with appliqué embroidery. Venetian. About 1600. H. 3 ft. 1½ in., W. 19 in. Bought, 3l, 10s.
The legs are cut into single twists. These meet in a central collar, and the twists are reversed on the two sides of it. The bars are similar work. The back plain, being covered with an embroidered cushion. A good specimen for modern imitation. The chairs usually made in oak (these are of walnut) are supplied by upholsterers for modern antique dining room furniture, are made in this form. Much of such work is manufactured in Belgium and sent over to this country.”

Pollen, John Hungerford. 'Ancient and Modern C. London: Published for the Science and Art Department of the Committee of Council on Education, by Chapman & Hall, 1874.




Carving; Turning; Embroidery; Upholstery




Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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