1803 - 1815
Wood and textile
1092 mm (H)737 mm (W)635 mm (D)
Place of origin
ItalyOrder this image
Beningbrough Hall, North Yorkshire (Accredited Museum)
On show at
This bold and impressive chair was originally part of a set of seventy said to have been a gift from Napoleon to Cardinal Fesch.
One of a set of four armchairs having armrests supported by griffons. Upholstered in blue. Typically Italian in its sculptural quality, this belongs to a large suite designed by the Santi brothers of Rome for Napoleon's uncle Cardinal Fesch, probably between 1803 and 1806 when Fesch served as the Emperor's ambassador to the Holy See. The suite, originally comprising some seventy pieces (of which twenty-two are now in the Lady Lever collection) is traditionally said to have been a present to Fesch from Napoleon, and was sold from the Cardinal's house in Paris in 1816; the previous embroidered covers, though in the Empire style, were added after this sale, for an English or Scottish owner.
Makers and roles
Diomiso Santi, designer