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Settee

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (probably, joinery)
    Aubusson (tapestry weaving)

  • Date:

    ca. 1780-1800 (joinery)
    ca. 1754-70 (tapestry weaving)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Turned and carved beech, joined by mortise-and-tenon construction, water gilded (more than once), upholstered with stitched edges and covered with Aubusson tapestry of silk and wool (not original to the frames), outlined with brass nailing

  • Credit Line:

    Given by P.W. Mallet

  • Museum number:

    W.15-1941

  • Gallery location:

    On display at Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley

This object is part of a set of four armchairs and a settee that were made in France between 1780 and 1800. The design of the frames was a very popular one and was made by a number of menuisiers, as the makers of carved furniture were called. Some made highly carved versions, but these are simply moulded. The tapestry covers were made some years earlier, for the kind of larger chairs that were fashionable in the 1750s and 1760s. They were only put on to these frames in the nineteenth century, when such tapestries became highly fashionable amongst antique collectors. The back panels are woven with Chinoiseries, figures in Chinese-style dress in fanciful settings, while the seats are woven with scenes of animals from La Fontaine's 'Fables'.

On loan to Cliffe Castle Museum.

Place of Origin

Paris (probably, joinery)
Aubusson (tapestry weaving)

Date

ca. 1780-1800 (joinery)
ca. 1754-70 (tapestry weaving)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Turned and carved beech, joined by mortise-and-tenon construction, water gilded (more than once), upholstered with stitched edges and covered with Aubusson tapestry of silk and wool (not original to the frames), outlined with brass nailing

Dimensions

Height: 105 cm, Width: 161.5 cm, Depth: 65 cm, Height: 33.2 cm to visible top of seat rail, Height: 41.2 cm to top edge of seat, measured at centre front

Descriptive line

Sette with frame of moulded and gilded beechwood, French, ca. 1780-1800, upholstered in Aubusson tapestry, ca. 1754-70, the back with a Chinese woman with three children, the seat with the fable of the Jay adorned with Peacock feathers

Materials

Beech; Silk; Wool

Techniques

Water gilding; Upholstering; Weaving

Categories

Furniture

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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