Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill Collection
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This item is located in the Round Drawing Room.

Coffer on stand

Strawberry Hill ID: sh-000161
c. 1700-1720
Boulle, André-Charles (French ébéniste, 1642-1732)

Oak veneered with marquetry of ebony, rosewood, brass, copper, pewter, and tortoiseshell; with gilded mounts, coffer including mounts
42 x 72 x 49 cm; stand including mounts: 71 x 79 x 52 cm
The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University

Strawberry Hill History

Location: Round Drawing Room

1774 Description: A trunk of tortoishell and bronze; by Boul, on a frame of the same; a small jar of Seve china under it. (75)

1784 Description: Text same as 1774 Description (54)

Sale Text: A remarkably fine Old Boule Coffer, a splendid specimen of this work, at an early period, the front elaborately finished with tortoiseshell ground work, massive or-molu mountings, masque handles, chased rosette corners, and lined with blue silk, on a pedestal en-suite, with richly worked boule back and stand for porcelaine.

Object History

Provenance: Horace Walpole, possibly purchased in France 1765-1771; 1842, Strawberry Hill Sale, day 23, lot 25 bt. Owen, New Bond-street, £44.2.0; 1922 November 9-10, Sotheby's, Property of Sir Herbert Ogilvy, lot 183 (did not sell); 1935 December 6, Sotheby's, Property of Sir Herbert Ogilvy, lot 109 bt Seymour, £15; as of 1937, W.P. Wilson, Chichester, England; 1939, January 19, I. Kyrle Fletcher, London dealer, bt. W.S. Lewis, £160; The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.

Exhibition History: "Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill," Yale Center for British Art, 15 October 2009 - 3 January 2010; Victoria and Albert Museum, 5 March 2010 - 4 July 2010, cat. no. 147.

Bibliography: W. S. Lewis, Rescuing Horace Walpole, (New Haven, Yale University Press, 1978), 236, 238.
John Cornforth, “The Cowles-Lewis House, Farmington—II” Country Life (4 May 1978), 1230, [illustration] 2.
Peter Hughes, The Wallace Collection Catalogue of Furniture (London: Trustees of the Wallace Collection, 1996), vol. II, 674.
John Hardy, “The English Taste for Boulle” Makers, Dealers and Collectors : Studies in Honour of Geoffrey de Bellaigue (London: The Furniture History Society, 2007), 189.