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A fine, 19th century, Knole settee upholstered in velvet and an early-18th century, Brussels, tapestry fragment


A fine, 19th century, Knole settee upholstered in velvet and an early-18th century, Brussels, tapestry fragment


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Dates
1850 - 1900
Dimensions
219.00cm wide (86.22 inches wide)
100.00cm high (39.37 inches high)
90.00cm deep (35.43 inches deep)
Description / Expertise
The straight, padded back upholstered in a fine, early-18th century, Brussels, tapestry fragment with two figures either side of exotic foliage and birds. The settee upholstered in velvet and embellished with braid, fringe and tassels. The adjustable padded wings joined to the arms with a hinge and attached to the back, gilded finials with a tassel. The straight, upholstered arms projecting from the back and supported by turnings. The seat with three, loose cushions. Standing on castors. English, second half of the 19th century.

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Medium
Oak frame, upholstered in velvet and tapestry
Origin
England
Stock Code
12071664
Condition
This is a 19th century interpretation of the infamous, sumptuously, upholstered, 17th century, couch with hinged arm rests, that are adjusted by irons at the back, found at Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, the ancestral seat of the Sackvilles. The original couch served the dual purpose of bed and settee, and is one of the earliest examples of English, upholstered, seat furniture. This is a fine settee, and most unusual having the patinated turned uprights. The Brussels tapestry on the inside back is quite magnificent and very fine.
Literature
17th Century Interiors & Decoration (Peter Thornton) ill 150 depicts the couch at Knole
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