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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1775 (made)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Square back carved in the form of a lyre with metal strings. The front legs, moulded and tapered, are carved at the feet with waterleaf. Mahogany with brass rods in the back and arms (some replacements); modern upholstery.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1775 (made)

Object history note

Museum negative 74591 shows this on display in Gallery 40 in 1936 as part of a display of Georgian furniture.

Historical context note

This form of splate, based on a classical lyre, is found on the classical designs of John Linnell as well as among those of Adam.

Labels and date

ENGLISH; about 1775
Mahogany [1972]
The back is in the shape of a classical lyre, a feature popular in the late 18th century and used in the designs of both Robert Adam (1728-92) and John Linnel (11729-96). [1996]
This chair is noteworth in that the top-rail of the back fits between the uprights in the French manner. The Classical lyre, used by both Robert Adam and John Linnell for chair-backs, had also been adopted by certain French designers - notably Georges Jacob - and this armchair may well have been made under the influence of Francois Herve, the emigre chairmaker, who worked for Henry Holland and for the Prince Regent at Carlton House. Herve also produced chairs with backs constructed in this way for Lady Spencer at Althorp in 1791. []


Mahogany; Brass



Subjects depicted

Lyre; Rosettes; Leaves; Guilloche


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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