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Coronation Chair: M.17-1970

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Coronation Chair


Production: W. Hand & Sons




Chair of wood stained grey, the back and seat covered in blue velvet trimmed with yellow silk braid. The left-hand corner of the back embroidered in yellow silk thread with 'E II R' beneath a crown.
The inside of the chair rail at the front of the seat is stamped '1953' and 'W. Hand and Sons Ltd'. There is a black 'ER' surmounted by a crown, with 'coronation' to the right of it.
One of a pair with M.16-1970.

Legal notes

Given by Sir Hamilton Kerr 1970. Transferred to the Fitzwilliam Museum 1975

Measurements and weight

Depth: 38.5 cm
Height: 84.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • High Wycombe ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1970) by Kerr, Hamilton, Sir


20th Century, Mid
Production date: AD 1953

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Upholstery composed of velvet ( blue)
Frame composed of wood
Thread, Braid composed of silk
Seat Width 48.7 cm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: E II R beneath a crown
  • Location: Left hand corner of back
  • Method of creation: Embroidered in yellow silk
  • Type: Commemorative
  • Text: W. HAND & SONS LTD
  • Location: Inside front chair rail
  • Method of creation: Stamp
  • Type: Maker
  • Text: 1953
  • Location: Inside front chair rail
  • Method of creation: Stamp
  • Type: Date
  • Text: ER (surmounted by crown) CORONATION
  • Location: Inside front chair rail
  • Method of creation: Stamp
  • Type: Commemorative

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.17-1970
Primary reference Number: 77221
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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