possibly Thomas Roberts (fl.1686-1714)
A set of six beech, walnut and upholstered open armchairs, in the manner of Thomas Roberts (fl.1685-1714) London, circa 1688, with alterations. Each with a rectangular padded back and moulded scrolled shaped arms with conforming supports, the over-stuffed seat raised on double scroll fore-legs and turned baluster rear legs joined by a turned baluster H stretcher, the front stretcher replaced an all chairs, this replacement following the outline of what would originally have been a double S scroll carved stretcher.
Other chairs in the Belton collection are similar in form and style, a set of four in the Saloon (NT434862) share a similar leg and arm. These are discussed by Adam Bowett in 'English Furniture 1660-1714' pg. 97. The Belton inventory of 1688 lists various sets of chairs of which this is probably one. (James Weedon August 2018)
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) from Edward John Peregrine Cust, 7th Baron Brownlow, C. St J. (b.1936) in 1984.
Makers and roles
possibly Thomas Roberts (fl.1686-1714), furniture maker
Bowett 2002 Adam Bowett, English Furniture 1660-1714, 2002 , pg.97