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    Sale 5969

    A West Country Tradition - Avon Antiques, Bradford-upon-Avon, Wiltshire

    21 May 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 84

    A WILLIAM AND MARY WALNUT WING SETTEE

    LATE 17TH CENTURY, THE NEEDLE WORK BY LEONORA JENNER AND DATED 1917

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    A WILLIAM AND MARY WALNUT WING SETTEE
    LATE 17TH CENTURY, THE NEEDLE WORK BY LEONORA JENNER AND DATED 1917
    The high back, arms and squab cushions upholstered in needlework depicting flower-filled vases, initialled 'LCDJ' and 'NHGJ' for Leopold and Leonora (Nora) Jenner, centred by the Jenner coat-of-arms and motto 'FIDE ET LABORE', initialled 'NHGJ' and dated 'MDCCCCXVII' (1917) to the left side, on faceted baluster legs joined by curved moulded X-frame stretchers centred by finials, the front left leg and left X-stretcher replaced in the 19th century
    50½ in. (128 cm.) high; 67 in. (170 cm.) wide; 26 in. (66 cm.) deep


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    The beautifully upholstered settee is said to have formed part of the furnishings of Wrest Park, Bedfordshire, possibly that belonging to the 8th Baron Lucas (d.1916) before being acquired for Avebury Manor, Wiltshire by Lt. Col. Leopold Jenner and his wife Nora, who was a skilled needlewoman. When writing about this settee in 1921, the furniture historian H. Avray Tipping dated it to about 1695 and described its present upholstery as original to it. (H.A. Tipping, 'Furniture at Avebury Manor,' Country Life, 7 May 1921, p. 660. and illustrated opposite). Its needlework pattern derives from that introduced around 1700 in the State apartment at Drayton, Northamptonshire on the marriage of the Duchess of Norfolk to Sir John Germain and worked by the (probably Huguenot) needlewomen Rebekah Dufee and Elizabeth Vickson.

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    Provenance

    Probably Auberon Thomas Herbert, 8th Baron Lucas, 11th Baron Dingwall, (d.1916) Wrest Park, Bedfordshire.
    Lt. Col. Leopold Jenner DSO, Avebury Manor, Wiltshire.


    Literature

    H. Avery Tipping, 'Furniture at Avebury Manor', Country Life, 7 May 1921, pp. 559-561 and fig. 5.
    P. Macquoid and R. Edwards, Dictionary of English Furniture, rev. ed. 1954, vol. III, pp. 76 (fig. 11) & 78;
    H. Avery Tipping, English Homes, vol. I, period III, pp. 269-283., fig. 322.
    L. Wood, The Upholstered Furniture in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, London 2008, Vol. I, pp. 166-7, fig. 127.