1810 gilded wood armchairs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Splendor and Elegance: European Decorative Arts and Drawings from the Horace Wood Brock Collection highlighted a selection of the museum’s Regency collection.

In 2009, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston acquired a pair of Irish Regency monopodia armchairs owned by the Second Earl of Caledon, Du Pre Alexander, the son of the 1st Earl, James Alexander, who made a tremendous fortune in India. In 1776, James Alexander purchased the Caledon estate in County Tyrone, Ireland from Edmund Boyle, 7th Earl of Cork and Orrery, whose father had acquired it by marriage into the Hamilton family of Caledon in 1738. It is likely that a suite of these chairs were commissioned for Caledon castle.

Louis XVI clock with vestals carrying the sacred fire, Paris, c. 1789

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