Wells Antiquarian Chair, Mr. Kensett

Wells Antiquarian Chair, Mr. Kensett

Wells Antiquarian Chair
Mr. Kensett of Mortimer Street
London, England
1830-1840
Oak and ash
Museum no. W.24-1913

This chair, made before 1840 at the beginning of Victoria's reign, is an example of pure and very clever reproductive craftsmanship. Mr. Kensett of Mortimer Street in London made this and many other pieces with such loving care and attention to accurate historical detail that, bought by the Museum in 1019, it was at first shown in the Tudor galleries as the chair of the last Abbot of Glastonbury.