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manner of Thomas Roberts (fl.1686-1714)

Category

Furniture

Date

circa 1690

Materials

Walnut, beech, textile

Place of origin

London

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Collection

Belton House, Lincolnshire (Accredited Museum)

NT 435160

Summary

A pair of walnut and upholstered stools, In the manner of Thomas Roberts, London chair-maker (fl.1685-1714) circa 1690.Each with an upholstered seat with shaped tasseled apron, raised on stop fluted tapered baluster legs and turned feet, tied by a shaped moulded X stretcher centred with a finial.Some alteration.

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 these stools. (James Weedon August 2018)

Provenance

Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) from Edward John Peregrine Cust, 7th Baron Brownlow (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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