English William and Mary Pine Architectural Niche Frame

English William and Mary Pine Architectural Niche Frame

Ref: AR6486
Maker: Samuel Watson (English, 1663-1715)

Each corner with carved foliate decoration arranged around a moulded oval aperture and raised border, traces of former gilding and losses.

Note: Samuel Watson was employed at Chatsworth House from 1693-1707. This elaborate frame is likely to have been made for part of the 1st Duke's decoration of the Long Gallery. The watercolor of the room by William Henry Hunt from 1822 (illustrated on page 54), would appear to show a pair on either side of the fireplace. They were removed from the room as part of Sir Jeffry Wyatville's remodeling of the 1820s.

Samuel Watson invoiced for his work in the gallery including 'for carving for spandrels of two frames in the gallery and cleaning the marble, p....s and setting them up and then £2.10.s.' Watson's book called Designs, Bills and Agreements (Devonshire Archive).

Literature: The Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth - The House, London, 2002, p. 137, illustrated when stored in the Granary.
Provenance: Property of the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth House (Chatsworth, Derbyshire, England, built 1553).
Date: c. 1700
Dimensions: W 29 D 4 H 41 in.
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