The Wallace Collection

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Chair
  • Chair
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • c. 1840
    1871 (brocade velvet applied after)
  • Carved walnut, velvet, steel springs and canvas lining.
  • Object size: 135 x 51 x 48.9 cm
  • F38
  • Reserve Gallery
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  • Carved walnut chair, with narrow back and arched top, and elaborate pierced central splat, baluster-shaped legs linked by an X-shaped stretcher. Upholstered seat covered in green and yellow floral brocade velvet.
    This chair combines a few late-seventeenth- or early-eighteenth-century fragments of carved wood with newly-made sections dating from about 1840. The cross-pieces of the back, the front legs and bun feet are of older wood; the back uprights, central splat, seat frame, back legs and stretcher appear to date from the nineteenth century. The 1846 sale description implies that it was put together in order to resemble an early-seventeenth-century French chair, but it is more reminiscent of late-seventeenth-century Dutch seat furniture. A Dutch chair of c.1700 in the Rijksmuseum has a similar stretcher, legs and bun feet. The tall back also appears to derive more from Dutch rather than French chairs.
    The brocade velvet was applied in Paris c. 1871.