This set of six chairs can be attributed to Giles Grendy as one chair has a fragment of his label.

Grendy's furniture was largely designed for the middling market making him particularly appropriate for the Geffrye Museum's collections which seek to represent middle-class consumption. The form of the chairs is particularly interesting – a fashionable, urban version of a traditional ladder-back chair, itself an adaptation of Dutch chairs imported from in the seventeenth century. The chairs originally had rush seats; walnut, rush-seated chairs are frequently mentioned in the inventories of middling Londoners' parlours and dining rooms, but rarely survive with their rush seats in tact. In addition, very few surviving pieces of London furniture can be securely connected to a maker, making these chairs very significant for Furniture History.

Provenance

Newport Church, Essex. One chair was on loan to the V&A from 1974.


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Set in beautiful 18th century almshouses and gardens in Hoxton, East London, the Museum explores and reeveals the multiple meanings of home and home life through displays of rooms and gardens through time, stories from the collections, exhibitions and events. The Museum is closed until May 2020 for a major redevelopment. When it reopens, it will be the go-to place for ideas, inspiration and debate around the universal theme of home. Opening hours will be Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-5pm

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