COURT GREEN, DEVON A Victorian mahogany armchair, with hoop back, re-upholstered in buttoned salmon draylon, on scroll legs

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Lot 348
COURT GREEN, DEVON
A Victorian mahogany armchair, with hoop back, re-upholstered in buttoned salmon draylon, on scroll legs

Sold for £ 1,125 (US$ 1,408) inc. premium
The Property of Frieda Hughes
COURT GREEN, DEVON
A Victorian mahogany armchair, with hoop back, re-upholstered in buttoned salmon draylon, on scroll legs

Footnotes

  • The chair features in several well-known photographs of Sylvia Plath, including one taken by Ted Hughes with Frieda (aged 2) upon her knee at Court Green (reproduced in The Journals of Sylvia Plath, 2000). Plath refers obliquely to the chair in the poem 'By Candlelight' ("This is winter, this is night, small love ---/A sort of black horsehair/A rough, dumb country stuff..."). And Ted Hughes refers to the "The horse-hair Victorian chair I got for five shillings..." in his poem 'Robbing Myself', which was included in Birthday Letters.

    Provenance: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, at Court Green, Devon; given by Ted Hughes to Frieda Hughes when "a young adult". She later had it re-upholstered, replacing the original black material with pink velvet, as the original upholstery "had worn through in places exposing the horsehair beneath (which used to scratch my two-year-old legs)".

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  • This lot will be removed to off-site storage after the sale. See page 2 of the catalogue for more details.
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COURT GREEN, DEVON A Victorian mahogany armchair, with hoop back, re-upholstered in buttoned salmon draylon, on scroll legs
COURT GREEN, DEVON A Victorian mahogany armchair, with hoop back, re-upholstered in buttoned salmon draylon, on scroll legs
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