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176/1999-1

Collection

FUR

Brief description

Wing armchair with varnished mahogany legs, upholstered in cotton woven with a green stylised floral design, manufactured in England c. 1900.

Object name

chair
armchair
wing armchair

Object number

176/1999-1

Location

Room 11 (1990s Room)

Production date

c.1900 (manufactured)

Production place

England (manufactured)

Period

Victorian (1837-1901)
Twentieth century (1900-1999)

Material

cotton
mahogany
metal
horsehair
varnish
birch

Technique

turned
upholstered
nailed

Physical description

Upholstered wing armchair, resting on four turned mahogany legs, which are connected by a stretcher. The legs of the armchair rest upon metal castors. The front left castor has become detached from the chair leg. The wood on the front left leg is chipped at the base. The armchair has a tall back with wings on either side that protrude slightly beyond the height of the chair back. The armchair's seat is sprung, and the underside is webbed. The seat frame may be made from birch. The body of the armchair has been covered in woven cotton upholstery, which has a dark green ground, light beige/cream flowers and sage green foliage.

The upholstery's foliage design consists of large scrolling leaves, strands of bell shaped flowers, pointing upwards to accentuate the height of the chair. The sides of the armchair have been edged in light and dark green twisted cord. The back of the chair has been re-upholstered in dark green fabric as the back was exposed, at time of acquisition. The corners of the arms have become worn but have been repaired. Dark green fabric has been inserted in the bottom left hand corner of the base of the chair, at the front. The upholstery's colour on the exterior sides of the chair has become faded and is now more brown than green.

Dimensions

Height: 129cm
Height: 87cm
Width: 69.5cm

Website keywords

seating

Comments

Adam Bowett, independent furniture historian, examined this object on 8 June 2009. He noted that the visible wooden parts of the frame are the legs and stretchers. The wood is covered with a thick varnish, which makes it very hard to tell what kind of wood has been used, however he noted that it is likely to be mahogany. The seat frame is possibly made of birch, or possibly a tropical hardwood. He commented that this choice is surprising as it would have been more common for beech to have been used. A full transcript of the notes from this examination is available in the object’s history file and as a digital asset.
 
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