Coffer & stand by William Beckford

This coffer and stand is the only known complete survivor from a set of four originally made between 1831 and 1841 for the Scarlet Drawing Room in Lansdown Tower where it served as both an integral part of the interior scheme, and as a treasure chest housing items from Beckford’s collection.

Details

Medium:
Oak
Dimensions:
175.3 x 99.1 x 47.1 cm
Art Fund grant:
£110,000 ( Total: £270,000; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
2011
Vendor:
H Blairman & Sons Ltd

The coffer and stand were probably designed by Beckford and the architect Henry Edmund Goodridge. They are superb examples of the architectonic furniture created for the Tower that combined historical inspirations with modern forms. Lansdown Tower (now more commonly known as Beckford’s Tower) was built 1826-7 as a study and retreat for Beckford, who would daily ride just over a mile up to the Tower from his home in Lansdown Crescent. Designed by the architect Henry Edmund Goodridge, the Tower has been recognised as one of the most significant British buildings of the 1820s, combining historical inspirations with modern forms.

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Provenance

Commissioned by William Beckford, Lansdown Tower, Bath; ...; auction in Loughton, Essex, 2010; Sworder’s Antiques, 2010; Paul A Shutler; Blairman and Sons.

Venue details

Beckford's Tower and Museum Lansdown Road, Lansdown, BATH Somerset BA1 9BH 01225 460705 www.beckfordstower.org.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £4.50)

5 Mar – 30 Oct
Sat, Sun and Bank Holiday Mon, 10.30am – 5pm (last admission 4.30pm)

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