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Sedan chair

Sedan chair

  • Date:

    1740-1760 (made)

  • Museum number:

    10:1-1864

  • Gallery location:

    On display at Maidstone Museum, Kent []

On loan to Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages.

Physical description

Italian; 18th century.

Painted panels, ornamented and crowned with wood carvings of foliage, doves etc; with poles, straps, and other fittings.

The interior is lined with brocaded silk, with 21" seams in the back panel. Hanging straps, window-lifting straps and trimming around the edge of the rood all in brocaded braid about 3" wide. Ceiling painted with oval panel with doves and angels holding a cross; spandrels with trompe l'oeil scrolls. On the top is an elaborate corona of carved wood, metal and composition, all gilded. Four female figures, one with a pillar, one with a spindle, two of the figures hooded.

Date

1740-1760 (made)

Dimensions

Height: 252.7 cm, Length: 121.9 cm, Width: 96.5 cm

Object history note

Acquired via William Blundell Spence in Florence

Historical context note

Used at the baptisms for the Grand-Ducal family of Tuscany.

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

John Fleming, Art Dealing in the Risorgimento, II
The Burlington Magazine, Vol. CXXI [August 1979]; and III, Vol. CXXI [Sept. 1979], p.568-580. See part III, n.41

Categories

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Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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