A pair of hall benches by Robert Adam

This pair of hall benches, originally two of four from Kenwood, were probably designed by Robert Adam and made by the leading London carver Sefferin Nelson.


Beech and oak, painted white; two benches, of original four
106 x 45 x 46 cm
Art Fund grant:
£214,500 ( Total: £214,500)
Acquired in:
Godson & Coles

The benches are marked out by their high quality carving including the central lion’s masks and the scrolled and fluted legs terminating in lion-paw feet. Robert Adam was perhaps the most fashionable neo-classical architect in the later 18th century, renowned for his ability to bind together the architectural and furnishing elements of the many houses he was commissioned to develop. Adam was commissioned to remodel Kenwood House by William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield from 1764 to 1779. The benches will be reinstalled in their original setting at Kenwood, their whereabouts having been unknown since the house sale of 1922.

Artists include


Commissioned by 1st Earl of Mansfield c. 1773, then by descent; private collection, 1922, then by descent; Richard Coles (Godson & Coles), 2011. An Art Loss Register search has been carried out.

Venue details

Kenwood Hampstead Lane, LONDON London NW3 7JR 020 8348 1286 www.english-heritage.org.uk/kenwood

Entry details

Free to all

Daily, 10am – 5pm

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