Pair of turkey-work chairs by Unknown Artist

Turkey-work chairs were the main form of seating in the parlours and dining rooms of the London middle classes from 1665 until 1700.

Details

Medium:
Beech frames & turkey-work covers
Dimensions:
Each 104 x 54 x 45 cm
Art Fund grant:
£4,750 ( Total: £11,000)
Acquired in:
2006
Vendor:
Huntington Antiques Ltd

Named for their embroidered covers, they were durable, colourful and inexpensive. The covers may have been made in Yorkshire or Norwich, while the chair frames were probably made and upholstered in London. Thousands were produced each year by the London furniture industry for home and international markets. However very few now survive and these are rare examples.

Provenance

Trevor Micklem; collection of Sir Paul and Lady Hamlyn (purchased 1960's); Huntington Antiques, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire.

Venue details

The Geffrye Museum of the Home 136 Kingsland Road, LONDON London E2 8EA 020 7739 9893 www.geffrye-museum.org.uk

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