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 3353 chiswickhouseandgardens.org.uk/

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £6.10)

House
Sun – Wed and bank holidays
From April-October: 10am – 6pm
From Oct to Nov: 10am – 5pm

Gardens
Every day (all year) 7am – Dusk
Conservatory
Every day (all year) 10am – 4pm
Café
Every day (except Christmas Day) 8.30am – until approx. one hour prior to Gardens gate closing time.

Access restrictions and requirements

There is a narrow spiral staircase to reach the first floor of the House. The house staff can provide alternative access via the external portico steps. There is no disabled access to the first floor of Chiswick House. The Conservatory is fully accessible to wheelchairs and also contains some seating in the central rotunda. The café’s floor is flat and step-free. The doors are automatic. Public toilet facilities including a fully accessible bathroom are situated beside the Café.

Please visit the website for further details on the access requirements.