- Armchair Wing Upholstered Sage Silk Vivien Leigh Laurence Oliver Notley Abbey
Armchair Wing Upholstered Sage Silk Vivien Leigh Laurence Oliver Notley Abbey
An exceptionally, rare 18th century, upholstered, elm, wing armchair with a scalloped back from Notley Priory & The Collection of Vivien Leigh & Laurence Oliver by Descent
- Acquired with a rare, scalloped back wing armchair from the Estate of Vivien Leigh's daughter - The striking, scallop shaped back and wings suggest that this was chair was made as a useable, statement piece for an entrance hall or another room in a large, draughty country house. It is really comfortable and cozy to sit in, enveloping and protecting the sitter from draughts. - The chair was acquired by Leigh & Olivier, along with another wing armchair of rare shell back form for its rare transitional design; the striking shaped back and wings, straight legs and stretcher are a Georgian feature and the 'c' scroll legs derive from the late 17th century. - Leigh & Olivier were one of Hollywood's most charismatic, power couples. These chairs represent a unique opportunity to acquire a piece of history from the golden age of movie making having been used by the couple and countless stars, politicians, royalty and socialites who they entertained.
- Acquired for the drawing room at Notley Abbey. - Reference : The Vivien Leigh Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, THM/433/5/1). - Re-upholstered in a two-tone, sage green Rubelli silk damask, similar to the original, trimmed with handmade and dyed passmenterie to match
Measures: Back height 139 cm., 54 ½ inches Seat height 51cm., 20 inches Width 83cm., 32½ inches
Depth 62cm., 24½ inches.
William and Mary (Of the period)
GOOD. Wear consistent with age and use.
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