Designer / Maker
Designed by E.W. Godwin (1833-86)
The manufacture attributed to William Watt (1857-1885/87)
Ebonised beech, the upholstery of later date
108 x 46 x 51 cm
English (London), 1876-87
With Haslam & Whiteway, 1995; Saretta Barnet, until 2017
Susan Weber Soros, The Secular Furniture of E.W. Godwin, 1999, nos 125-c and 125-d
Susan Weber (intro.), E.W. Godwin FURNITURE, 2018, no. 9
The present chair is a variant of the oak dining chairs supplied in 1869 for Dromore Castle (Soros, 1999, no. 113-I-VII). Examples with the Dromore provenance are in the collections of the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, the V&A, and private collections.
An oak version of our chairs, under the heading ‘Library Furniture’ appears in William Watt, Art Furniture Designed by E.W. Godwin, 1877 (pl. 11) described as ‘stuffed back chair in embossed morocco’ and priced £4.4s.
A chair from the same set as the present example was acquired in 1993 by the Geffrye Museum, (Soros, 1999, no. 125-e), and another is in the collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia. A further ebonized chair was formerly in the collection of Gary Kemp (Soros, 1999, no. 125) and later sold at Sotheby’s (20 March 2008, lot 30).
A second chair included in Soros, 2018, is in a private collection.