The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
State chair
  • State chair
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1825
  • Carved and gilt pinewood, upholstered with silk brocade velvet in cut and uncut pile, silk fringe, gimp, webbing, canvas, horsehair
  • Object size: 156.5 x 104 x 110 cm
  • F495
Further Reading
  • Part of a set of eight armchairs (F493-500), probably made in Venice in the first half of the nineteenth century. Their design shows the influence of Andrea Brustolon (1662-1732). The silk brocade velvet may be French, but the seat webbing is English. Two of F493-500 were used by the Prince and Princess of Wales on 24 May 1872 at the opening of the Bethnal Green Exhibition in London, at which Sir Richard Wallace exhibited a large part of his collection, including the complete set of chairs.
    Between at least 1890-8 the set of eight chairs was displayed in the Large Gallery (now the Great Gallery) of Hertford House.