The Gower House Table by Sir William Chambers

George Ill's architect took a keen interest in the furnishing of houses he designed.

Details

Medium:
Wood & gesso gilded
Dimensions:
224 x 90 x 76 cm
Art Fund grant:
£25,000 ( Total: £95,160; Tax remission; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
1995
Vendor:
Anonymous

His few surviving designs for objects of furniture are of the greatest interest in the history of classical taste, but few of his interiors have survived. The design and decoration of the frame is typical of Chambers' style and reflects his preference for Franco-Roman influences in his interpretation of the antique taste. The legs echo, in shape although not in decoration, the legs of a chair which Chambers drew during his travels in France between 1749 and 1755 and which he used as the inspiration of his design for the President's chair for the Royal Society of Arts.

Provenance

Supplied to 2nd Earl of Gower (d.1803) for Gower House, Whitehall; house & contents acquired by 1st Baron Carrington (d.1838).

Venue details

The Courtauld Gallery Somerset House, Strand, LONDON London WC2R 0RN 020 7848 2526 www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £7)

50% off entry during exhibitions

Daily, 10am – 6pm (last admission 5.30pm)
24 Dec, 10am – 4pm
Closed 25 and 26 Dec

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