Pair of stools by Unknown Artist

These stools form part of the extremely grand early 18th-century bedroom suite that has been at Warwick Castle since at least 1807.


Details

Medium:
Beech, velvet & silk
Dimensions:
62 x 66 x 48 cm
Art Fund grant:
£125,000 ( Total: £337,250; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
2009
Vendor:
Sotheby's

The suite was reputedly made for Queen Anne and undoubtedly made for an exceptionally grand – probably ‘state’ – bedroom. The stools are upholstered with a high ‘lip’ on all four sides to hold a square cushion. The highly accomplished upholstery is particularly interesting as this form was unknown until the appearance of these pieces and it casts new light on the operations of the London upholstery trade. These works were acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.

Provenance

Inventoried at Warwick Castle from 1809; Merlin Entertainments Group, circa 1978; Sotheby's.

Venue details

V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) Cromwell Road, London London SW7 2RL 020 7942 2000 www.vam.ac.uk

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