THE LEWIS WALPOLE LIBRARY, YALE UNIVERSITY
Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill Collection
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This item is located in the Holbein Chamber.

Chair of oak
Glastonbury Chair

Strawberry Hill ID: sh-000146
16th century
English


Furniture
Oak
Carved: JOHANUS ARTHURUS. MONACHUS GLASTONIE
Current location unknown; replica in a private collection, UK

Strawberry Hill History

Location: Holbein Chamber

1774 Description: A very ancient chair of oak, which came out of Glastonbury-abbey; on it are carved these sentences, Joannes Arthurus Monacus Glastonie, salvet eum Deus: Da pacem Domine: Sit Laus Deo. Lord Bathurst had several chairs copied from this. (58-59)

1784 Description: Text same as 1774 Description (43)

Sale Text: A very ancient chair of oak, which came out of Glastonbury Abbey, on it are carved these sentencesóJoannes Arthurus Monacus Glastonie, salvet eum Deus, Da pacem Domine, Sit Laus Deo. The chair from its authenticity, orthodox shape, and extreme comfort, has been repeatedly copied, particularly for the late Earl Bathurst.

Object History

Provenance: Horace Walpole paid £1.11.0; 1842, May 13, Strawberry Hill Sale, Day 17, Lot 75 bt J. H. Smyth-Pigott, £73.10.0; 1849, Smyth-Pigott Sale, Day 12, Lot 351.

Bibliography: Henry Shaw, Specimens of Ancient Furniture Drawn from Existing Authorities (London: William Pickering, 1836), p.19.
Iris Winifred Preston, The Glastonbury Chair(Bristol, England: Adroit Printers, 2001).