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Swag (4 sections)

Swag (4 sections)

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1725-50 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pinewood, carved, gessoed and gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir Charles and Lady Allom in memory of their son, Lieutenant Cedric Allom RFA

  • Museum number:

    W.665:1 to 4-1921

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

These fragments are from a carved swag which may have decorated panelling or furniture. In the ancient world, swags of foliage and flowers indicated a place of entertainment and celebration, and for this reason such motifs were often incorporated into the decoration of rooms of entertainment in the eighteenth century. It is one of several hundred carvings given to the Museum in 1921 by Sir Charles Allom and his wife, in memory of their son, who died in the First World War. From 1893 Sir Charles headed White Allom & Co., one of the most successful firms of architectural decorators in Britain, specialising in the copying of historic styles. Between 1900 and 1914 he also began to work for clients in the United States and after the First World War he spent time in both countries. The collection of carvings seems to have been put together as a study collection for his son, perhaps in the expectation that he would follow in his father's footsteps and take over the firm.

Physical description

A curving swag of pinewood, carved with roses and rose leaves, gessoed and oil gilded. It is possible that one section is missing from one end of the swag.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


ca. 1725-50 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Pinewood, carved, gessoed and gilded


Width: 59.5 cm overall, approximately, Height: 10 cm at widest point, Depth: 5 cm approximately

Descriptive line

Curved swag of pinewood, carved with roses and rose leaves, gessoed and gilded


Pine; Gesso; Gold leaf


Carving; Gilding

Subjects depicted



Architectural fittings; Interiors; Woodwork


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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