The chairs have particularly interesting backs with an ormolu handle and a painted crest depicting a demi lion argent with a serpent in his mouth and twined about him and holding a damask rose. This is the crest of the Wise family of Brompton Park, later of the Priory, Warwick. The solid seat stands on reeded sabre legs.
The Wise Family
Brompton Park, Middlesex
The Priory, Warwickshire
Henry Christopher Wise, Woodcote, Warwickshire
Henry Wise of Brompton Park, co. Middlesex, (died 1738 aged 85 years) was Master Gardener of all His Majesty’s Gardens. In the reign of Charles I, he had an estate of £700 per annum, but in the time of the troubles of that King’s reign, and afterwards during Cromwell’s usurpation, was plundered of all his goods and effects, his estate being also sequestered and sold, and he and his family reduced to a very low condition.
His Grandson, Henry Christopher Wise (died 1804), successfully petitioned for the family to be granted the coat of arms to be seen on these chairs.
Height 90.00cm (35.43 inches)
Width 44.50cm (17.52 inches)
Depth 30.00cm (11.81 inches)
Stock No: 10640