attributed to Haig & Chippendale (fl. 1779 - 1796)
A pair of white painted and parcel gilt beech and upholstered sofas, attributed to Haig & Chippendale (fl.1779-1796) London, one circa 1780 probably commissioned by Sir Richard Colt Hoare for his London home at Lincoln's Inn Fields, a commission which ran from September 1779 to November 1780. The second circa 1795 and probably commissioned for Stourhead, a commission which ran from 1795-1820. The back with a moulded curved top rail continuing to shaped arms with padded arm cushions. The over stuffed seat raised on four flared reeded turned tapered front legs and four turned back legs, brass castors. Upholstered in a later red and white striped silk with bolster cushions, decoration refreshed.
Haig and Chippendale’s invoice dated June & July 1780 – ’10 rich carved cabriole armd chairs neatly Japand barre colour and white, stuffd, covered, and finished with best gilt nails (exclusive of damask) £36- and Fine barre stripe cotton cases to do. £5-10-- ’ And ‘A large rich cabriole sofa neatly japand to match – on castors – stuffd, and covered, the seat bordered and finished with best gilt nails £14- and 2 fine downe bolsters cover’d do. (exclusive of damask) £2-4-’ and ’34 yds rich barre colour mixt damask to cover the sofa and the chairs £12-15-‘ The whole bill from Sir Richard Colt Hoare's house in Lincoln's Inn Fields was settled promptly by the end of January 1781. Amongst the furnishings and decoration for the Drawing Room the furniture included a set of '10 rich carved cabriole armchairs and a large sofa and 2 Horse firescreens' jappanned to match the curtain fabric. Six of the chairs (NT 731772) and the sofa are probably those now at Stourhead. The 'pair' to this sofa is of a slightly later date, construction and shape of the front rail is slightly altered as is the webbing used and its configuration (which is the original), suggesting a different time of production but certainly by the same workshop. The second sofa was probably commissioned directly from Haig and Chippendale for Stourhead after the afore mentioned arrived. For further discussion and extensive published research see: Goodison, Judith ‘The life and work of Thomas Chippendale Junior’ PWP 2017 Goodison, Judith ‘Thomas Chippendale the Younger at Stourhead’ Furniture History Society 2005 (Vol. 41) pp. 57-116 Gilbert, Christopher ‘The life and work of Thomas Chippendale’ London 1978 Vol.1 pp.235, 267 Beard, Geoffrey & Gilbert, Christopher ‘The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840’ Furniture History Society 1986 pg.169 Dudley Dodd & Lucy Wood, 'The Weeping Women commode and other Orphaned Furniture by the Chippendales at Stourhead', in Furniture History XLVII (2011) James Weedon (February 2018)
Both probably made in the Chippendale workshops, London, one circa 1780 probably commissioned by Sir Richard Colt Hoare for his London home at Lincoln's Inn Fields, a commission which ran from September 1779 to November 1780, then transferred to Stourhead. The second circa 1795 and probably commissioned for Stourhead (to make a pair to the former) a commission which ran from 1795-1820. Stourhead; given to the National Trust along with the house, its grounds, and the rest of the contents by Sir Henry Hugh Arthur Hoare, 6th Bt (1865 – 1947) in 1946
Makers and roles
attributed to Haig & Chippendale (fl. 1779 - 1796), furniture designer and maker
Dodd & Wood 2011, Dudley Dodd & Lucy Wood, 'The Weeping Women commode and other Orphaned Furniture by the Chippendales at Stourhead', in Furniture History XLVII (2011) Gilbert, 1978: Christopher Gilbert. The life and work of Thomas Chippendale. London: Studio Vista: Christie’s, 1978., pp. 235, 267 Beard and Gilbert, 1986: Geoffrey Beard and Christopher Gilbert (ed), Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, 1986, pg.169 Goodison, 2017: Judith Goodison, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale Junior, PWP London & New York 2017 Goodison, 2005: Judith Goodison. “Thomas Chippendale the younger at Stourhead.” Furniture History 31 (2005): pp.57-116, pp. 57-116