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Not currently on display at the V&A
On display at Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire

Upholstered Bench

1838 (made)
Place of origin

On loan to Newstead Abbey, Nottingham.

Object details

Object type
Materials and techniques
incised and carved oak with silk damask upholstery
Brief description
Upholstered bench with arms. English, 1838, Salvin, for Mamhead House, 79/849
Physical description
Oak, with incised and carved decoration and silk damask upholstery.
  • Height: 70cm
  • Width: 160cm
  • Depth: 62cm
measurements provided by Newstead Abbey staff
Object history
Made for the visit of Queen Adelaide, wife of King William IV, in 1838.

Purchased in 1973 from Peter Hone Antiques, Islington.
Historical context
Country Life magazine: article on Mamhead House, Devon.

'The bedrooms opening off the gallery are remarkable complete examples of country house taste of the epoch. The most elaborate is that prepared for Queen Adelaide (Fig.11)...The oak furniture suite, desgined by Salvin, renders Regency forms in heavy Jacobethan style but is unusual in having its surface incised with an interlacing curvilinear pattern that perhaps derives from 17th century embroidery.'

Includes photograph of the bench in situ.
On loan to Newstead Abbey, Nottingham.
Associated objects
Bibliographic reference
Country Life, June 2nd 1955, p.1431
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Record createdJune 24, 2009
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