Walmer Castle


Walmer Castle - Chaise
 The Guidebook states: "Pitt the Younger's inventory mentions a chaise longue in his library, so when we looked at our overstuffed Victorian Chaise Longue and discovered it had painted legs, we realised it was a neoclassical piece of the 1790's" (Pic 1)
Our restoration process was as follows:
Having removed the calico top cover, careful examination in our workshop revealed that the chaise had been adapted in the mid 19th  century(Pic2 &3)
The elegantly tapering back was clumsily changed to a simple curve, springs and meadow grass stuffing added to the seat (Pic 6,7,12)
These changes were carefully remove to reinstate the original shape
Missing corner blocks and stretcher rails were replaced and mortice joints repaired (Pic 22,23,26)
The 18th Century webbing and hessian on the arm and back were left in place. The seat was re-webbed; a new hair stuffed cushion and a new hair bolster were made in the tradional manner (Pic 28, 29)
The chaise has been covered in an Indian inspired pattern of the 1790's, a summery fabric whose colours compliment the scarlet"moreen" fabric of the curtains mentioned in the inventory in this room ( Pic 31,33,37)
Unusually, the chaise longue tapers to a curve at the foot; it was not until it was placed in the window alcove, which also narrows towards the window, that it was understood to have been made for this positon ( Pic 38)

 

1 Pitts Library Chaise 1 Pitts Library Chaise
2 Original upholstery 2 Original upholstery
3 Original upholstery 3 Original upholstery
6 Showing later addition to frame 6 Showing later addition to frame
7 Showing later addition to frame 7 Showing later addition to frame
12 Showing later addition to frame 12 Showing later addition to frame
22 Missing corner blocks replaced 22 Missing corner blocks replaced
23 Repairs to mortice joints 23 Repairs to mortice joints
26 Frame restoration 26 Frame restoration
28 New webbed seat 28 New webbed seat
29 Horsehair seat cushion 29 Horsehair seat cushion
31 Slipping cushion border 31 Slipping cushion border
33 Finished chaise 33 Finished chaise
37 Arm detail 37 Arm detail
38 Library chaise re-instated 38 Library chaise re-instated