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Armchair: M.4-1992

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Manufacturer: Marsh and Tatham (Possibly)
Designer: Hope, Thomas




Mahogany armchair of klismos form with carved ornament and drop-in seat covered with modern pale blue silk.

Mahogany, with curved panelled table back above pierced curved X-shaped splat centred by a flower head, the panelled arms supported by winged lionesses on fluted plinths, the fluted seat-rail on panelled sabre legs. Drop-in seat covered on accession in woven checked horsehair (not original). The back rail and seat are stamped with 'II'.


History note: Possibly Thomas Hope, Duchess Street, London. Mrs. Marjorie Beatrix Fairbarns; sold Christie's 9 July 1992, Important English Furniture, p. 102, lot, 87; sold for £32,407.50 including premium and VAT to Blairman & Sons, 119 Mount Street, London, W1, from whom purchased by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum with a contribution from the Museums and Galleries Commission Regional Fund administered by the Victoria and Albert Museum

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum with a contribution from the Museums and Galleries Commission Regional Fund administered by the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Measurements and weight

Depth: 53 cm
Height: 89 cm
Width: 66.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1992-07-20) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


George III
19th Century, Early#
Production date: circa AD 1800


The checked horsehair seat cover was replaced by pale blue silk after accession (1992)

The klismos form was derived from chairs depicted on Greek vases. The design of this example corresponds, but not exactly, to front and side views of a chair illustrated in Thomas Hope’s Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, London, 1807, pl. 11, numbers 3 and 4. This work was one of the most influential early nineteenth century sources of furniture designs. A similar chair is shown in R.W. Billings’ drawing of the Flemish Picture Gallery in Hope’s house in Duchess Street, in 1819.

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Components of the work

Seat Cover composed of silk (textile) ( pale blue) horsehair fabric
Frame composed of mahogany
Front Height 39 cm
Plinths, Seat Rail

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: II
  • Location: Back rail and seat
  • Method of creation: Stamp
  • Type: Number
  • Text: D. Ro
  • Method of creation: Circular label with serrated edge
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.4-1992
Primary reference Number: 95832
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 10 May 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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