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Online session - 3 November British Baroque furniture makers and furniture making in Britain from the Restoration to the Georgian period

Published by on 15 October 2021

Join us on Zoom from 4.00 - 7.30pm (GMT) on Wednesday 3 November for three presentations on furniture makers and furniture making in Britain from the Restoration to the Georgian period


         British Baroque Furniture and Furniture Makers


Hereford Bed i
State bed from Hampton Court, Herefordshire, c. 1698 [MET 68.217.1a]. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William Randolph Hearst Jr., 1968. Made available by a Creative Commons CCO .1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication

Dr Wolf Burchard will open this session of our course with his talk focusing in particular on the furnishings of royal palaces and court circles, referencing the work of skilled designers and craftsmen such as Daniel Marot, Gerrit Jensen, Francis Lapiere, as well as Thomas and Richard Roberts.


The Baroque Interior: furnishing the great London and country houses


Cabinet attributed to Gerrit Jensen
Cabinet attributed to Gerrit Jensen, c. 1690-1700 is part of the Devonshire Collection at Chatsworth House. Photo credit: Amy Lim.

Amy Lim will follow Wolf to discuss Baroque interiors. Many of England's best-loved country houses were built or rebuilt in the decades following the Restoration and evidently their owners lavished as much money and attention on the interiors as the exteriors. Less well known are the London townhouses where the nobility lived for most of the year, since demolished and their contents dispersed. 

This lecture will examine the patrons of these great town and country houses, and their 'more is more' approach that characterised Baroque interiors. We will look at their networks and influences and the teams of artists and craftsmen who moved from house to house, filling them with mural paintings, decorative plasterwork, wood-carvings and furniture, in a visual cacophony of colours, textures and finishes.  


                     The London trade c. 1660- 1720


Dr John Cross will conclude this week’s session with an exploration into how the supply of timber to the furniture trade in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century influenced the furniture made at that time.

By studying this aspect of furniture history also reveals the ways in which London furniture makers may have adapted their workshop to changing circumstances and how they profited as a result. Its a story of proto-industrialisation and a response to colonial expansion that is also seen in other British trades at the period. 

Please join us for this session or the entire course by booking tickets on Eventbrite by clicking hereFor further information on this course please see our earlier blog or go to the FHS website here.

About the authors

Dr Wolf Burchard

Wolf Burchard

Wolf is Associate Curator at The Met Museum and previously worked for the National Trust and the Royal Collection. He was a member of the FHS Council and sits on the Editorial Panel of Furniture History. He has co-organised several trips for the FHS, including to Hanover, Vienna and Lisbon.  

Amy Lim

Amy Lim

Amy is a doctoral candidate researching Art and Aristocracy in Late Stuart England in an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership at the University of Oxford and Tate. Her thesis will centre on case studies of three aristocratic couples, analysing their patronage of architecture, interiors, painting, sculpture and gardens in order to understand the networks, aspirations and worldview of the late Stuart nobility. 

Amy’s research supported the exhibition British Baroque: Power and Illusion (Tate Britain, January-March 2020) and she has published articles and essays on British art and architecture in the Georgian Group JournalFirst World War Studies, Art & the Country House (Paul Mellon Centre, 2020).  Most recently she has contributed to the latest FHS Journal with her essay 'The furniture patronage of Elizabeth Seymour (née Percy), Duchess of Somerset (1667-1722). 

Dr John Cross

John is a maker, conservator and historian of furniture.  He studied the making and conserving of furniture at the London College of Furniture and the theory and design history at the Royal College of Art.