Armchair by William Kent

Chiswick House was built in 1727-9 for Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington (1694-1753), to his specification that it should integrate the architecture, landscape, furniture and decoration of the Palladian era in England.

Details

Medium:
Mahogany
Dimensions:
93 x 61 x 48 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,800 ( Total: £16,000)
Acquired in:
1992
Vendor:
Peter Hone

Chiswick House is trying to refurnish the building as it was at the time of Lord Burlington's death. This chair, one from a set of twelve recorded in the 1770 inventory of the Gallery at Chiswick, has been attributed to the revered architect-artist William Kent. He had first-hand knowledge of modern Italian art and design and displayed this in his work at Chiswick. The chair is of a unique design not repeated for any other house designed under Kent's influence.

Provenance

Chiswick House; Hall Barn (by 1942).

Venue details

Chiswick House Burlington Lane, Chiswick, LONDON London W4 2RP 020 3141 3350 chiswickhouseandgardens.org.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £6.10)

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