About this artwork
This chair is part of a suite of furniture commissioned by the celebrated actor David Garrick and his wife Eva Marie for their home in Hampton, about 15 miles outside London. It is likely that the prominent architect and designer Robert Adam introduced Garrick to its maker, Thomas Chippendale.
A 1768 invoice from Chippendale to the Garricks lists “8 French Arm Chairs very neatly Carv’d & painted Blue & white … cover’d with your own Blue Damask.” Though the painted—as opposed to gilt—finish on the chair reflects the rustic setting of a country villa, it was nevertheless one of the most luxurious items of furniture in the house.
- Currently Off View
- Applied Arts of Europe
- Thomas Chippendale, I
- Made 1768
- Painted oak, modern upholstery
- 90.2 × 62.2 × 55.9 cm (35 1/2 × 24 1/2 × 22 in.)
- Gift of Kay and Fred Krehbiel