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Wing-back armchair

manner of Thomas Roberts (fl.1686-1714)

Category

Furniture

Date

circa 1690

Materials

Walnut, beech, textile

Measurements

135 x 79 x 70 cm

Place of origin

London

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Collection

Belton House, Lincolnshire (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Belton House, Lincolnshire, Midlands, National Trust

NT 435037

Summary

A walnut and beechwood upholstered wing-back armchair, in the manner of Thomas Roberts, London chair-maker (fl.1685-1714) circa 1690. The high shaped back with scrolled arms and loose cushioned seat, raised on tapering front pillar legs with large scrolled capitals joined by moulded shaped H stretchers and on fluted turned feet. The legs and stretchers of this chair are identical to the set of six side chairs (NT435036) in the Blue Bedroom at Belton.

Full description

Thomas Roberts (1685–1714) and Richard (1714–1729), at ‘The Royal Chair’, Marylebone St, London, joiners, chairmakers and carvers who provided much of the seat furniture for the royal household between 1685 and 1714. There are numerous examples of chairs that are attributed to the Roberts workshop including examples in the National Trust collection; a group of stools at Hardwick (NT 1127752) and a pair of armchairs (NT 1127753) which demonstrate the cross stretcher and pillar legs often associated with his work and which can be identified in this chair. (James Weedon August 2018)

Provenance

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

manner of Thomas Roberts (fl.1686-1714), chairmaker

References

Dictionary of British and Irish furniture makers online (1660-1840) FHS 2017 Bowett 2000: Adam Bowett, 'The English "cross-frame" chair, 1694-1715', The Burlington Magazine 142/1167 (June 2000): 344-352 Edwards, Ralph, 1894-1977 shorter dictionary of English furniture : 1964., p. 503, Figure 25 &p.504 Figure 28

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