Elegant French furniture at the Grosvenor Museum

27 June 2016

The Art Gallery at Chester's Grosvenor Museum has been enriched with elegant French furniture generously presented by the Trustees of the National Galleries of Scotland.

Made of grey-painted beech and upholstered with Beauvais tapestry, the suite of furniture comprises a settee and four armchairs. It was made in France in the 1870s in the style of Georges Jacob (1739-1814), one of the most important French chair-makers. Classical, delicate and elegant, the furniture is in the Directoire style fashionable in France in the period c.1785-1805.

The suite's upholstery was woven at Beauvais, one of the most significant tapestry factories in France. Made in the 19th century but inspired by the work of French Rococo artists, the figures on the backs resemble those of François Boucher (1703-70) while the animals on the seats recall those of Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686-1755).

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cheshire West and Chester Council's Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, said: "The furniture was acquired in 1987 by Sir Timothy Clifford, Director-General of the National Galleries of Scotland, and was displayed in the Scottish National Gallery until 2009. We are enormously grateful to the Trustees of the National Galleries of Scotland for so generously presenting it to the Grosvenor Museum, and to the Megan Gwynne-Jones Charitable Trust for supporting its display." Clive Pointon, Chairman of the Megan Gwynne-Jones Charitable Trust and head of wills, trusts and tax at Chester law firm Aaron & Partners, said: "The Art Gallery at the Grosvenor Museum, which was opened in 1989 by Sir Timothy Clifford, has never looked more beautiful. I am delighted that the Megan Gwynne-Jones Charitable Trust has been able to support the display of this elegant furniture, which raises further the aesthetic quality of the visitor experience offered by the museum."

The Grosvenor Museum is open Monday – Saturday 10.30am - 5pm and Sunday 1pm - 4pm, admission free, donations welcome.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cheshire West and Chester Council's Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, and Clive Pointon, Chairman of the Megan Gwynne-Jones Charitable Trust, with one of the chairs.
Photo caption: Councillor Louise Gittins, Cheshire West and Chester Council's Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, and Clive Pointon, Chairman of the Megan Gwynne-Jones Charitable Trust, with one of the chairs.

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