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Sofa or settee, giltwood with serpentine back centred on a stylised palm flower issuing scrolls and husks, upholstered back, arms and seat, designed and made for John Spencer, later 1st Earl Spencer, for the Palm Room at Spencer House, St James's Place, London: British, London, probably designed by John Vardy, probably made by John Gordon, c. 1758

Museum reference



Decorative and Applied Art

Object name

Sofa, Settee

Production information

Vardy, John, 1718 - 1765, Probable designer
London, England, Northern Europe
Gordon, John, 1748 (fl.) - 1777 (d.), Probable maker
London, England, Northern Europe


c. 1758


Softwood, Gilt, Textile

Physical description

Softwood, gilt, textile


Previous owner: John Spencer, 1st Earl Spencer, 1734 - 1783
Spencer House, St James's Palace, London, England, Northern Europe


  • Art of Living (08 Jul 2016)
    National Museum of Scotland

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Accepted by HM Government in Lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to National Museums Scotland, 2012

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