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Upholstered Silk Wing Armchair Vivien Leigh Laurence Oliver Notley Abbey.

An exceptionally, rare 18th century, upholstered wing armchair with a scalloped back from Notley Priory & the collection of Vivien Leigh & Laurence Oliver by descent.

British, Circa 1700.

- Acquired with a rare, shell 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.

Dimensions

139.00cm high (54.72 inches high), 83.00cm wide (32.68 inches wide), 62.00cm deep (24.41 inches deep)

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