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Hall settle: M.1-1973

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Mahogany hall settle with panelled back and carved crest rail, open scroll arms and carved cabriole legs.


History note: Phillips and Harris, Church Street, Kensington

Legal notes

Purchased with the Marlay Fund

Measurements and weight

Depth: 54 cm
Height: 108.7 cm
Width: 186.7 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1973-01-25) by Phillips and Harris


Early 18th Century
George II
Circa 1730 - Circa 1740


Settles are wooden benches, usually with arms and a high back, long enough to accommodate at least three sitters. The word ‘settle’, like ‘settee’, probably comes from the Latin ‘sedile’, meaning a seat or bench. They were especially popular during the 18th century, placed in the entrance halls of large houses. This settle is thought to have been designed by the architect Henry Flitcroft (1697-1769) for the country house Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorkshire.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.1-1973
Primary reference Number: 95850
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 26 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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