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Settee: M.15-1951

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Maker(s)

Unknown (Production)

Description

Walnut double chair-back settee, with scrolled arms, carved cabriole legs with claw and ball feet, and a drop-in balloon seat with canvas work embroidery.

Legal notes

R. F. Lambe Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 53 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed by Lambe, Roger Francis

Dating

Early 18th Century
George II
Circa 1720 CE - Circa 1740 CE

Note

The wooden settee was the precursor of today’s comfortable and fully upholstered sofa, which was not widely available until 1770s. The back of the settee often took the form of a double chair, as seen here. Throughout the early 18th century, walnut was the most highly-prized wood for making fine furniture.

Components of the work

Frame composed of walnut Seat Height 39 cm
Back Height 97 cm Width 106.5 cm
Front Width 119 cm

Techniques used in production

Embroidery Carving

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.15-1951
Primary reference Number: 95848
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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