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A unique upholstered armchair, the upholstered back with a guilloche carved arched top rail and sides above an acanthus baton arm with Lion carved terminals on bellflower and lapette cabriole uprights; the upholstered seat with a kidney pillow and with lion head terminals issuing from a winged lion carved sides with lion legs and paw and disc feet.
Inspired by a unique sofa designed for Spencer House by James 'Athenian' Stuart (1713-1788) and most likely executed by the workshop of Gordon & Taitt and the lions carved by James Vardy, circa 1759. James Vardy was the brother of Spencer House's architect John Vardy. This sofa is part of a suite of furniture made for the Painted Room at Spencer House, London. The design is exceptionally bold, with winged lions forming the arms of the settees. James Stuart, the architect who designed the house and many of its furnishings was one of the first architects in Britain to work in the new Neoclassical style. For the Painted Room he had the walls painted with arabesques and oval panels, imitating the style of decoration found during the archaeological excavations of Herculaneum and Pompeii. His design for the furniture probably took its inspiration from Greek and Roman thrones in stone. These often showed seats supported on mythical beasts.
Available to purchase from stock as shown in green leather with a loose cushion in Ian Sanderson Zarina Seafoam.
Brights of Nettlebed offer the opportunity to own an exquisitely hand-crafted item endorsed by Charles, 9th Earl Spencer, inspired by the collection at Althorp House, built up over 500 years and 20 generations of the same family for their home.
We have sponsored the unmissable Althorp Literary Festival for the last four consecutive years - hearing famous authors in the setting of one of Englands best loved historic houses has proved to be a winning combination. We have also been fortunate for Earl Spencer to give two fascinating talks at our Dorset showroom with all proceeds donated to Whole Child, a charity devoted to improving the lives of orphaned, abandoned, abused, and neglected children worldwide. Donations are also made by us in relation to our sales of Althorp Living History furniture.
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