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  • Armchair
    Heal, Ambrose Sir, born 1872 - died 1959
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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1922 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Heal, Ambrose Sir, born 1872 - died 1959 (designer)
    Tilden, Philip, born 1887 - died 1956 (designer)
    Heal & Son Ltd (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    English walnut

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Heal and Son

  • Museum number:

    W.47:1, 2-1979

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The furniture designer and retailer Ambrose Heal collaborated on the design of this chair with the architect Philip Tilden for use at Chartwell, the house Tilden renovated for Sir Winston Churchill in Kent. It was part of a dining suite that later entered the catalogue of Heal's furniture shop in Tottenham Court Road, London -- this being one of Heal's versions. The open-lattice back is inspired by late eighteenth-century English chairs with a lattice of diamonds or hexagons, typically formed with thinner, moulded members rather than the undetailed squares used here. The style of this chair typifies Ambrose Heal's stripped-back Georgian manner and also owes much to the honesty and clarity of Arts and Crafts furniture.

Physical description

Lattice-back chair

Place of Origin

London (made)


ca. 1922 (made)


Heal, Ambrose Sir, born 1872 - died 1959 (designer)
Tilden, Philip, born 1887 - died 1956 (designer)
Heal & Son Ltd (maker)

Materials and Techniques

English walnut


Height: 102 cm, Width: 58.5 cm, Depth: 53 cm

Historical context note

Original design for Winston Churchill's house at Chartwell.

Descriptive line

Walnut latticeback armchair, designed by Sir Ambrose Heal and Philip Tilden, about 1922

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

A History of Heals, Susanna Goodden, Heal and Son Ltd, 1984.

Labels and date

Designed by Ambrose Heal (British, 1872-1959) and Philip Tilden (British, 1887-1956)
Made by Heal and Son, London
English Walnut
About 1922
Part of a set of furniture designed by Heal and modified by architect Tilden for his client Winston Churchill for the latter's family home, Chartwell. Heal's started producing the modified version shortly after the commissioned pieces were delivered.

Given by Heal and Son
W.47-1979 [1989-2006]






Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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