My Sabbath chair this week will honor the Christian sabbath.
The following is after a design by the eccentric Classicist Thomas Hope. Designed in 1802, the height of Neo-Classical fashion, this chair wasn’t made until ’92.
It was well worth the wait.
ca. 1892 made
Mahogany with brass inlay
made by Edwards and Roberts, london
Victoria & Albert collection
Based upon a design found in Hope’s classic Household Furniture, 1807, it reflects his distinctive understanding of ancient furnishings. Household Furniture is a must for anyone serious about the decorative arts. It is a dream tour through Hope’s home, collections, tastes and thinking.It is so much more then a folio of pretty furniture, it is a moment and place captured in elegant line drawings reminiscent of the fashionable Flaxman.
I love the foppish Hope, wealthy (Hope diamond a family jewel, dirty pun intended), brash, and with marvelous broad taste. I love how he expressed Egyptian taste, as well as other ancient styles.
I will close with two images of Hope as one just isn’t enough for a man of such grandeur.
William Beechey (1753-1839)
National Portrait Gallery, London
You have to love a man who dolls up in costume a la Turk to have his portrait painted.
Just one more as the coloring is so much more vulgar, making me happy.