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.
Chair by William Kent, 1730
© Chiswick House
- Carved mahogany
- 93 x 61 x 48 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £3,000 ( Total: £14,000)
- Acquired in:
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.
Supplied to Chiswick House c.1730; removed c.1892; private collection
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