Saturday, November 14, 2009

Chair #318

—Designer unknown

Nothing says relaxation like coming home to a chair with cannons on it. Maybe if you're Horatio Nelson. The chair is from the collection of Mallet, in London, and is a unique Regency commemorative armchair. It's carved from the oak planks from the HMS Victory, Lord Nelson's flagship that was battered during the Battle of Trafalgar (October 21, 1805). Talk about provenance! The seat back is carved with the royal coat of arms, and also carved on it are words Victory and Trafalgar, along with serpents and scrolls and various decorative carvings. Lord Nelson was mortally wounded during the battle, and he died on the deck of the Victory, becoming Britain's greatest war hero. So if he's sitting on this chair it's as a ghost. I am not making this up people!

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