Shades of Autumn

As summer turns to autumn and the leaves begin to change colour and fall, one of our most recent arrivals in the gallery seems particularly appropriate. We are delighted to be able to offer this outstanding George I walnut and needlepoint settee. Not only a superb example of early Georgian walnut furniture, this settee also miraculously retains it original early 18th century needlework seat and back covers.

The panels of the back and seat depict wonderfully detailed and brilliantly laid out sprigs of multi-coloured wild flowers, and displayed on an incredibly rare ivory coloured background, in turn framed by an autumnal russett and floral border. The needleworks retains strong and vibrant colours.

The walnut itself is of a superb colour and has great patina. We attribute the settee to William Hallett, who was one of the leading cabinet-makers of the 18th century in London. The carved ring around the ankle of each front leg is considered one of his hallmark signatures. The beautifully carved shells to the knees of the cabriole legs are also typical of his work.

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