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

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.


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

The Geffrye Museum of the Home

136 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, London, Greater London, E2 8EA
020 7739 9893

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Set in beautiful 18th century almshouses and gardens in Hoxton, East London, the Museum explores and reeveals the multiple meanings of home and home life through displays of rooms and gardens through time, stories from the collections, exhibitions and events. The Museum is closed until May 2020 for a major redevelopment. When it reopens, it will be the go-to place for ideas, inspiration and debate around the universal theme of home. Opening hours will be Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-5pm

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