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Armchair: M.14-1991

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Attributed to Chippendale, Thomas II (Production)


Armchair of carved oak with turned legs and caned seat, with modern green leather squab seat cushion and back panel and brass casters.

Replacement back and cushions, Old woodworm holes


History note: Reputedly the King-Williamson family, Slaidburn, Lancashire; H. Blairman, 119 Mount Street, London, W17 5HB, from whom purchased.

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Purchased with the Cunliffe Fund, with a grant from the Regional Fund administered by the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Measurements and weight

Depth: 64.2 cm
Height: 107.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1991-10-14) by Blairman & Sons Ltd


George III
Early 19th Century
Circa 1820 - Circa 1821


The design is related to three chairs carved from the famous 'Waterloo Elm'. Two were commissioned from Thomas Chippendale by John George Children (1777-1852). The first was given to George IV in 1821 at Carlton House, and is now at Windsor Castle. The second was for Children's own use. It was given by him to the Duke of Wellington in 1837, and now at Apsley House, London. A third armchair was commissioned by the Duke of Rutland, and is at Belvoir Castle. The Fitzwilliam's chair is close in design to the chair at Apsley House.

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Components of the work

Back Panel, Cushion composed of leather ( replacement) Frame composed of oak Castors composed of brass (alloy) Seat composed of cane Back Width 57 cm
Front Width 68 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.14-1991
Primary reference Number: 95833
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 7 January 2022 Last processed: Friday 7 January 2022

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

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