This Queen Anne wing armchair is significant because it retains its original upholstery.

It is covered with a green linen, stamped with a symmetrical pattern including a watered design. This type of textile is likely to have been a common furnishing fabric in the early eighteenth century. The survival of original upholstery from this date is very rare and particularly on more modest, middle-status chairs. The Geffrye Museum specialises in the study of the homes of the English, urban middle classes. This form of chair, known at the time as an ‘easy chair’ is a key piece in the inventories of middling Londoners in the first half of the eighteenth century.

Provenance

Spains Hall, Finchingfield, Essex.


The Geffrye Museum of the Home

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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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