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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1725-1730 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Roberts, Thomas Jr (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Burr walnut veneer, with details in carved and gilt gesso; upholstered in green velvet, with brass nailing

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This chair, formerly one of a set, is nearly identical to the chairs (Museum nos W.1 to 21-2001) in the second 'state apartment' at Houghton Hall in Norfolk. It was undoubtedly made in the same London workshop, probably that of Thomas Roberts junior. The original history of the present chair is not known, but it must have formed part of the furnishings of another fashionable house. Even its green velvet covers, which are original, match those at Houghton, so it may have been commissioned by a patron who had seen and admired the Houghton set.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1725-1730 (made)


Roberts, Thomas Jr (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Burr walnut veneer, with details in carved and gilt gesso; upholstered in green velvet, with brass nailing


Height: 104 cm, Width: 63 cm, Depth: 72 cm, Height: 44 cm to top of rail

Labels and date

ENGLISH; about 1730
Walnut veneer with gilt gesso decoration

En suite with a group of chairs at Houghton Hall, Norfolk. [pre October 2000]

Production Note

This chair is of nearly identical model to the long set made for the Embroidered Bedroom and the Cabinet at Houghton, which are likely to be by Thomas Roberts junior. A long account from Roberts to Sir Robert Walpole survives at Houghton, for work carried out c. 1729, chiefly for houses in London. Given that Walpole discarded almost all the accounts relating to the furnishing of the state apartment at Houghton, this isolated bill is the only documentary clue to the maker of this furniture.




Veneering; Carving; Gilding; UPholstery




Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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