Image of Gallery in South Kensington
Not currently on display at the V&A
On display at Maidstone Museum, Kent

This object consists of 7 parts, some of which may be located elsewhere.


1750-1755 (made)
Place of origin

On loan to Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages.

Object details

Object type
This object consists of 7 parts.

  • Sledge
  • Shaft
  • Shaft
  • Head-Stall
  • Head-Stall Part
  • Head-Stall
  • Head-Stall Part
Materials and techniques
carved pine
Brief description
Wood, carved, painted and gilt; floral scroll work, with a lion and a child at the peak. With it are a pair of shafts, and a pair of head- stalls of embroidered and worsted with leather, mounted with white metal.
Physical description
Carved in pine. Upholstered in quilted red woollen fabric, possibly originally glazed. This is quilted in compartments, with joints along the folds and applique of cord along the join lines. The edges are corded and where the cord has pulled away brass nails, with swelled heads are visible. . These are unlike any English naliks or tacks. The well and seat area is now covered with oil cloth (19c?) printed or painted with a caning design. This is also on the driver's footboard, but where this has pulled away a plain printed trellis on a much larger scale is visible. The driver's seat is similarly covered in red cloth. It is fringed around the edge and the fringing appears to date from the 1860's. The frontiespiece of the sleigh is carved with a draped woman riding on a lion.

  • Length: 208.3cm
  • Width: 99.1cm
  • Height: 134.6cm
  • Head stalls length: 53.3cm
Credit line
Given by Sir Julian Goldsmid, Bart
On loan to Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages.
Accession number

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Record createdJune 11, 2008
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