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Chair: MAR.M.215A-1912

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)


Maker: Fordham, James




Carved walnut chair with drop in seat, cabriole legs, and claw and ball feet, the splat decorated with floral marquetry.

Carved European walnut chair with some sections made from Virginian red walnut, the yoke, back, uprights, splat and seat rails veneered in European walnut. The front and both side raiLs are in beech and the back rail walnut. The chair has cabriole legs and claw and ball feet, the splat decorated with floral marquetry in various woods, and a drop in seat covered in a pink and cream fabric with a woven Florentine pattern (1984) . The viewer's left side seat rail is inscribed in black ink 'J Fordham London'. One of a set of four, MAR.M.215A-D-1912.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 36¼ in

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


18th Century, second quarter#
George II
Circa 1727 - Circa 1747


Accessioned as English or Dutch, but the name on the left side seat rail indicates that it is English.

School or Style


Components of the work

Upholstery composed of damask ( dark pink)
Frame composed of walnut
Seat Depth 20 in Width 22 in

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: XIIII
  • Location: On front seat rail
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: J. Fordham London
  • Location: On left hand side seat rail
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.215A-1912
Primary reference Number: 77425
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 27 September 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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