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A work made of painted oak, modern upholstery.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of painted oak, modern upholstery.




Thomas Chippendale
English, 1718-1779
London, England

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.


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Applied Arts of Europe


Thomas Chippendale, I




England (Object made in)

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Made 1768


Painted oak, modern upholstery


90.2 × 63.5 × 58.5 cm (35 1/2 × 25 × 23 in.)

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Gift of Kay and Frederick Krehbiel

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