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Pair of Armchairs: M.5A & B-2018

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Pair of Armchairs


Maker: Peters, Alan, OBE




Devon walnut and rosewood, carved, inlaid and fabricated; upholstered seats.

Pair of armchairs, open rectangular form with four legs and two arms. Vertical splat at centre back has inlaid stripe at each side and bows towards its base, joining the seat frame forward of the rear legs. Drop-in seats in terracotta-red upholstery.


History note: The Chairman's Office and Dining Room of the TSB, 25 Milk Street, London, 1990; moved to the Deputy Chairman's Office, Lloyds TSB Group Plc, 71 Lombard Street, London. Director's office, Fitzwilliam Museum.

Legal notes

Given by Nicholas and Judith Goodison through the Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Depth: 53.5 cm
Height: 96.5 cm
Width: 56.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Cullompton ⪼ Devon ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2018-09-25) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


20th Century, Late#
Production date: AD 1990


Alan Peters OBE (1933-2009) was one of the most distinguished furniture designer/makers of the 20th century. Apprenticed to Edward Barnsley, he set up his own workshop in the 1960s and was awarded OBE in 1990. These chairs are a particularly fine example of Asian design on Peter’s work: the forward positioning of the lumbered splat is a typical feature of Chinese chairs from the 17th century onwards.

The chairs were part of a suite of furniture commissioned for the Chairman's Office and meeting room of the TSB Group at 25 Milk Street, London, by Sir Nicholas Goodison, in 1990. The suite was later sold by TSB. Several other pieces are also now in the Fitzwilliam collection, including a pair of side tables and a console table.

Components of the work

Seat composed of textile

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Carving : Walnut and rosewood, carved, inlaid and fabricated

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.5A & B-2018
Primary reference Number: 238737
Entry form number: 128
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 29 October 2019 Updated: Thursday 11 May 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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