Embroidered Furniture at Montacute House

From my absolute favourite English house, Andrew May, on the National Trust’s Montacute House blog has posted about a suite of embroidered furniture.

One of the chairs is protected from the sun by a bold check case which I presume isn’t contemporary, but certainly follows the lines of many eighteenth-century chair cases.

Jack Plane

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About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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4 Responses to Embroidered Furniture at Montacute House

  1. wesleytanner says:

    The chairs are very lovely. The site also shows a “nonesuch” chest. Could you comment on this form?

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    • Jack Plane says:

      Nonsuch chests were popular in the sixteenth-century and were named after Henry VIII’s Nonsuch Palace. The fronts of the chests are of architectural form, and supposedly depict facades of the palace, though they are usually of more Italianate design than Nonsuch Palace.

      The chests are invariably show pieces, constructed from exceptional timbers and inlaid with numerous exotic species. Apart from the showy exterior (often the front panel alone), Nonsuch chests usually conform to the normal oak panelled chest with interior till.

      JP

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  2. And you took me to another wonderful NT blog. Thank you!

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  3. ashleysheddweller says:

    Just stumbled upon your blog fantastic ! any publication you produce on period furniture construction I would gladly buy .From what I’ve read so far I’m sure it will be more instructive than Cescinsky or Bowett. I was disappointed to see the lemon tree in some of your photos, I live just down the road from Montacute house in good old blighty !

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