The Wallace Collection

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Armchair
  • Armchair
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Turin, Italy
  • c. 1715
  • Walnut, velvet, brass (possibly) nails, webbing, steel springs, horsehair
  • Object size: 138 x 72.5 x 63.5 cm
  • F489
  • Billiard Room
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • One of a pair in the Wallace Collection (with F490), this chair can be securely attributed to a workshop in eighteenth-century Turin, on the basis of its resemblance to eight gilt side chairs in the Palazzo Racconigi, near Turin, which have backs and stretchers of the same design. The sprung upholstery seems to be nineteenth-century, and could have been renewed between 1846, when it was probably acquired by Sir Richard Wallace on behalf of his father, the 4th Marquess of Hertford, and 1871, when both chairs were listed in his apartment at the rue Laffitte in Paris with their present velvet covers. An etching of the chairs was published by Edouard Lièvre between 1873 and 1885 in his important record of decorative art, the Musée Graphique.