Mary Ann Viney-Evans, 1st Viscountess Beaconsfield (1792-1872)
Giltwood, paint, embroidery, velvet, brass castors, walnut seat rails
91.5 x 63 x 60 cm
Place of origin
FranceOrder this image
Hughenden, Buckinghamshire (Accredited Museum)
A giltwood and cream-painted open armchair, French, circa 1780. The embroidery worked by Viscountess Beaconsfield or possibly Princess Beatrice. The back and seat both embroidered with a chain of flower garlands, the back centred with a large 'B' below a coronet, the seat framed in red velvet, the oval moulded back with rose bud and leaf cresting, the padded arms with scroll terminals and raised on inswept curvilinear supports, the seat with painted front rail centred with a rose bud and leafy sprig, standing on fluted tapering legs headed with rosettes and terminating in brass castors, the seat rail inscribed 'No 1'. A near pair to NT 428621 but with differences to the carved detail, as well as being upholstered quite differently.
Visible in the 1881 photograph of The Library, when it was Disraeli's Drawing Room.
Marks and inscriptions
On seat rail: No.1
Makers and roles
Mary Ann Viney-Evans, 1st Viscountess Beaconsfield (1792-1872), upholsterer Princess Beatrice, Princess of Battenberg (1857–1944), upholsterer