Pair of hall chairs
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Bequeathed to the Museum by Lady C. J. C. Wilson-Todd
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Pair of hall chairs of carved mahogany. The backs are rectangular with rounded corners; it has openwork cruciform splats of interlacing bands connecting with uprights. Dip seats. The back legs are straight with small club feet. The openwork front legs have a slightly cabriole form, with scrolled feet connected by a flat openwork stretcher, above a pair of shaped stretchers with a cross-bar.
Place of Origin
Materials and Techniques
Height: 95.5 cm, Width: 57 cm, Depth: 61.5 cm
Object history note
From Halnaby Hall, Darlington.
Bequeathed by Lady C.J.C Wilson Todd (RP 49/534, 47/521).
Lent to Birmingham, 1949.
Pair of hall chairs, mahogany, England, 1740-60
Labels and date
Britain; mid-18th century
From Halnaby Hall, Darlington
Mahogany; one of a pair
The back of this example is similar to designs for drawing room chairs, but the solid seat indicates that it was made for use in a hall. Designs for such looped backs appear in Robert Mainwaring's book The Chair-Maker's Guide (1766), an original edition of which is shown in the nearby desk-case.
Bequeathed by Lady C.J.C. Wilson Todd
Museum No. W.29-1949 [11/1996]
Furniture and Woodwork Collection