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Armchair

1640-1670 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Armchair of carved oak and beech. The arms, balusters and front slat are of beech and the seat and back are of oak. The back is in the form of a scallop shell. It has flat scroll-shaped arms of the 'caquetoire' type supported on turned baluster rests. Below arm level, the back is of rectangular fluted form. The seat is semi-circular, with a circular depression in the centre. There are two solid cartouche-shaped supports. The one at the front is carved with a mask, festoons and scrolls. It is connected to a similarly shaped plain board at the back by a turned stretcher.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
carved oak and beech
Brief Description
Painted armchair of sgabello type, England c1630-70
Physical Description
Armchair of carved oak and beech. The arms, balusters and front slat are of beech and the seat and back are of oak. The back is in the form of a scallop shell. It has flat scroll-shaped arms of the 'caquetoire' type supported on turned baluster rests. Below arm level, the back is of rectangular fluted form. The seat is semi-circular, with a circular depression in the centre. There are two solid cartouche-shaped supports. The one at the front is carved with a mask, festoons and scrolls. It is connected to a similarly shaped plain board at the back by a turned stretcher.
DimensionsWDH (from file): W44 61x59.7x105.4cm
Gallery Label
Hall chair, one of a pair. Painted wood. English; about 1630. Bequesthed by Mrs B. J. Mornement, a cousin of the former owner, Sir Leigh Ashton, former Director of the V&A.(1984)
Credit line
given by Mrs B J Mornement
Object history
Two chairs, W.44-1984 and W.44a-1984 given by Mrs BJ Mornement, a cousin of Sir Leigh Ashton, who inherited them from him on his death in 1983. Two of a set of five purchased at auction at Christies in 1953 by Sir Ashton (the then Director), Ralph Edwards (the then Keeper of Furniture) and the museum (W.9-1953). The other two were in 1955 aquired by the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and were displayed in nthe entrance hall at Aston Hall.



Similar chairs at Holland House were said to have been designed by Francis Clein (1582-1658), a painter and designer who also worked at Ham House and the Mortlake Tapestry Factory. Clien was closely associated with Inigo Jones.
Associated Object
Collection
Accession Number
W.44-1984

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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