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Pair of hall chairs

Pair of hall chairs

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1740-1760 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved mahogany

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed to the Museum by Lady C. J. C. Wilson-Todd

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

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

England (made)


1740-1760 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Carved mahogany


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.

Descriptive line

Pair of hall chairs, mahogany, England, 1740-60

Labels and date

Hall chair
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]








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