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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    about 1765 (made)

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by C. D. Rotch

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Open back made from sections of solid wood, tenoned together to form a 'Chinese' trellis pattern. The top rail carved with floral scrolls. Shaped arms pierced at the point of junction between horizontal and upright member. Concave seat stuffed over with green and yellow striped moire. Beech chair rails. Plain legs of square section with pierced brackets at point of junction with rails.

Place of Origin

England (made)


about 1765 (made)

Object history note

A pair of armchairs of closely similar, but slightly more elaborate design, was featured on the cover of the catalogue of Mallett & son, New Bond Street, in 1956.

A set of armchairs that is very close to this design, but not identical, is in the Drawing Room at Firle Place, Sussex. The backs are similarly delicate and those armchairs have piercings at the base of the arm supports, rather than at the top, as here. The seats on that set are flat, not dished. The joints of the openwork back are mitred and secured by small slips of wood inserted into a saw-cut made through the outer angle of the joint (a veneer-keyed mitre).

Labels and date

ENGLISH; about 1765

From Bramshill, Hampshire.

Bequeathed by Mr. Claude Rotch. [1972]


Beech; Mahogany; Silk (textile)

Subjects depicted

Trellises; Floral scrolls


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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