A group of sixteen pieces of Chinese Export armorial lacquered furniture at Osterley Park, circa 1715-20
A rare group of sixteen pieces of black lacquer furniture, Chinese Export, probably Guangzhou (Canton), circa 1715-20. The group comprising ten hall chairs (six, NT 771891.1.1 -.1.6 owned by the National Trust; the remaining four, NT 773356.1 - .4 the property of the Earldom of Jersey Trust), an eight-fold screen (NT 771891.2), a dressing box or casket (NT 771891.3), a pair of domed coffers on later, English stands (NT 771891.5.1 & .5.2) and a single coffer on later, English stand (NT 771891.4), and a side table (NT 773362). All bearing the coat of arms granted to Sir Francis Child (1642-1713) in 1700, 'gules, a chevron engrailed ermine between three eagles close each gorged with a ducal coronet or', before a foliate mantling, and topped by the crest of Child, 'on a Rock proper an eagle rising argent holding in the beak an adder proper', on a torse.
Child Family Heirlooms. By descent, until given by George Francis Child-Villiers, 9th Earl of Jersey (1910-1998) in 1993. NT 771891.4.1 & .4.2 purchased from George Child-Villiers, 9th Earl of Jersey (1910-1998) by HM Government in 1949 for the Nation and vested in the Victoria and Albert Museum; transferred to the National Trust in 2002.