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  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1640-1670 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    carved oak and beech

  • Credit Line:

    given by Mrs B J Mornement

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

Place of Origin

London (probably, made)


1640-1670 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

carved oak and beech

Object history note

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.

Descriptive line

Painted armchair of sgabello type, England c1630-70

Labels and date

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]


Oak; Beech






Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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