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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1935 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Maugham, Syrie, born 1879 - died 1955 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silvered wood, mirror glass

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, in memory of her parents, Mr & Mrs George Hay Whigham

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    20th Century, Room 74, case CA10, box 53

Physical description

Four leaf screen. Silvered wood, a plain narrow frame encloses an inner frame consisting of two silvered wood mouldings separated by plates of mirror glass in a 'V' formation. Within the inner straight moulding is a narrow round moulding enclosing a sheet of mirror glass. The back is covered in dusty pink cotton velvet with a plain velvet gimp. The leaves are each joined to the next by three reversible screen hinges, also silvered.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1935 (made)


Maugham, Syrie, born 1879 - died 1955 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Silvered wood, mirror glass


Height: 203 cm, Width: 50 cm each panel, Depth: 3.3 cm

Object history note

This screen was designed by Syrie Maugham for her own house. It was acquired in 1935 by Mr and Mrs George Hay Whigham for their home at 48 Upper Grosvenor Street, a house subsequently occupied until 1978 by their daughter Margaret, Duchess of Argyll. It was given to the Museum by the Duchess of Argyll in 1978 (RF 78/1914).

Historical context note

Syrie Maugham was the daughter of Thomas John Barnardo, founder of the Barnardo's charity for children; wife to, successively, Henry Wellcome and Somerset Maugham; and in her own right a successful interior designer during the 1920s and 1930s. She was best known for decorating rooms entirely in shades of white.

Descriptive line

British, 1935, silvered wood, glass, Syrie Maugham

Labels and date

[20th century gallery]

Designed by Syrie Maugham (British, 1879-1959)
Made, Great Britain, 1935
Given by Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, in memory of her parents Mr. and Mrs. George Hay Whigham
Syrie Maugham ran a highly successful decorators' shop from 1922, opening in Grosvenor Square in 1924. This mirror was made for her own house but quickly acquired by the donor's parents. Mirrors, antiques and modern fabrics shown off against white finishes were the hallmarks of her style. []


Wood; Glass




Furniture; Interiors

Production Type



Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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