William Eden Nesfield
Settee, ca. 1868
Made by James Forsyth
h. 110 cm - w. 129 cm - d. 49 cm
PROVENANCE : Designed for Farnham Park, the house of Henry Vallance in Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire - Presumably sold with most of the house contents after his death in 1905, and acquired by John Bevill Fortescue for his house Dropmore Park in Burnham, Buckinghamshire - James Gomer Berry, 1st Viscount Kemsley, new owner of Dropmore Park, 1943-1968 - Sold Sotheby's, 18th March 1969, 'The Valuable Contents of Dropmore' - Private collection, London and Oxfordshire - Holloway Auctioneers, Banbury, Oxfordshire, 2nd December 2014, lot 526.
SIMILAR PIECES : Nesfield designed a similar pair of settles for the dining room at Cragside, William George Armstrong's country house in Rothbury, Northumberland, which he and Richard Norman Shaw extended in 1870-1872. These are the only other settles of this style known to have been made.
EXHIBITION : One of the Cragside settles was presented in 2015 at the Compton Verney Art Gallery, Warwickshire, for the show 'The Arts and Crafts House : Then and Now'.
LITERATURE : The Building News, 1891, for the in-situ line-drawing.