The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Chair
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • c. 1855
    1985 (floral brocade velvet removed)
    1985 (covered with modern green mohair velvet)
  • Carved and turned walnut, beechwood seat rails, modern stamped green mohair velvet and steel springs.
  • Object size: 102.7 x 40 x 36.5 cm
  • F463
  • Oriental Armoury
Further Reading
  • One of set of four chairs, F463-F466.
    Chair of carved and turned walnut fitted with beechwood seat rails and with fixed upholstery. Now covered with modern stamped green mohair velvet. The back of the chair is flanked by turned uprights and surmounted by a carved cresting.
    This set of chairs was made in the mid-nineteenth century in France, as indicated by the webbing that was removed from them during re-upholstery in 1985. The tack holes uncovered then also revealed that that the green and yellow floral brocade velvet with which they had been covered was not the original upholstery and there were indications that the seats had previously been fully stuffed. In 1871 they had been covered with red woollen damask. The chairs appear to derive stylistically from Dutch late-seventeenth- or early-eighteenth-century seat furniture.