The Stourhead Hunting Chairs
Thomas Chippendale II (1749 -1822)
A set of four mahogany and cane bergères or 'Hunting Chairs' by Thomas Chippendale the Younger (1749-1822) London 1816. Commissioned for Stourhead by Sir Richard Colt Hoare. The square back with reeded moulded down swept arms, the seat with paneled frame and paneled square section tapering legs headed by applied roundels and raised on brass socket castors. Caned arms back and seat, later loose seat cushion.
Chippendale's account dated March 23 1816 'To 4 large Mahy Hunting Chairs with reeded mouldings the rails and term feet pannelld caned backs seats and elbow and strong brass socket castors to ditto %5-15 £23-12-' and '8 bordered hair cushions to ditto stuffd in fine canvas 16/6 £6-12-' Thomas Chippendale the Younger at Stourhead Sir Richard Colt Hoare employed Thomas Chippendale the Younger (1749-1822) from 1795 to 1820 to supply furniture and furnishings for Stourhead in Wiltshire. The accounts submitted for his work are the largest known archive relating to Chippendale’s work. Out of the 163 pieces of furniture described in the accounts, 103 are still in the house, mostly in the rooms for which they were made. There was a fire in 1902 which destroyed the central part of Stourhead but fortunately most of the pictures and furniture from the ground floor were saved, the majority of the contents of the upper floors were destroyed. Chippendale the Younger worked with his father Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779) for many years before the latter died. Much of the work he produced in the 1780s and 1790s continued the styles and techniques associated with the Chippendale firm. During these years he was completing or continuing commissions that the firm had been involved with including Harewood house, Nostell Priory, and Burton Constable amongst others. The furniture supplied for Stourhead shows the continued high quality and attention to detail that was expected from the Chippendale workshops, linked with simplicity of decoration and clarity of line. 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 James Weedon (January 2018)
Made by Thomas Chippendale the Younger (1749-1822) London 1816. Commissioned for Stourhead by Sir Richard Colt Hoare. The house and contents given to the National Trust in 1946 by Sir Henry Hoare (d.1947)
Makers and roles
Thomas Chippendale II (1749 -1822), cabinet maker and designer
Goodison, 2005: Judith Goodison. “Thomas Chippendale the younger at Stourhead.” Furniture History 31 (2005): pp.57-116, pp. 57-116 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