Mahogany Hall Seat Attributed to Henry Flitcroft

  • This item was purchased by Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Carved mahogany hall seat in the manner of William Kent, attributed to Henry Flitcroft. Circa 1735-40.

Height  42¾"  (1,08.5m)
Width  73½"  (1,86.5m)
Depth  21¼"  (54cm)

Provenance :-  Almost certainly, Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorkshire. Some years after this hall seat was sold to the Fitzwilliam Museum (in 1973), another of exactly the same design appeared at auction at Tennant’s in Yorkshire, with the provenance of Wentworth Woodhouse.(1)  These benches had almost certainly once been a pair, and had probably been commissioned by the 1st Marquess of Rockingham (1693-1750), who employed Henry Flitcroft (1697-1769) to complete the work on Wentworth Woodhouse after 1735. Flitcroft had worked under William Kent at the Office of Works and subsequently succeeded him as Master Mason and Deputy Surveyor to the Office of Works.

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Footnote :-

(1)  Tennant’s, Leyburn, Yorkshire, 21st February 1998. Subsequently with Partridge Fine Art, London (see Partridge Fine Art, English Furniture & Works of Art, 2001, pp. 38-39).

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