Chair by William Kent

When Chiswick House reopened to the public in 1958 following a decade of restoration, it contained no furniture and English Heritage pursued the purchase of original Chiswick pieces rather than simply commissioning replicas.

Details

Medium:
Carved mahogany
Dimensions:
93 x 61 x 48 cm
Art Fund grant:
£3,000 ( Total: £14,000)
Acquired in:
1997

The Chiswick inventory of 1770 lists 'Twelve Mahogany Elbow Chairs' standing in the gallery. The architectural design, with pedimented back, acanthus, coin and fish-scale ornament, is consistent with other furniture supplied to Burlington and is attributed to Kent. Burlington, a devotee of the art of architecture, chose this pattern for temple-pedimented and truss-supported chairs in honour of Inigo Jones, who had introduced true Roman ornament to interior decoration and furnishing.

Provenance

Supplied to Chiswick House c.1730; removed c.1892; private collection

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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