Reference numberMOB/024
TitleMaster's chair
DescriptionAn English-made master’s chair in mahogany, carved and joined, with a shaped top-rail carved with scrolls and acanthus leaves. The chair has a gothic splat with a central oval carved with leaves and scrolls. The arms have snarling dog-mask handles and leaf-carved supports. The seat has been covered in red leather. Traditionally thought to have belonged to Sir Isaac Newton.
Extent1 artefact
MaterialsWood, leather, steel
Dimensionsh 1425 x w 800 x d 740 mm
Access statusOpen
ProvenancePresented by an unknown donor, before 1896. The chair was in the Royal Society’s care in 1896, when it was one of several items of furniture requested for exhibition at Bethnal Green: ‘Sir Isaac Newton’s chair; chair presented by Sir Joseph Banks (1750), the President’s chair, and the Boyle air-pump…’, Letter, Arthur James Richens Trendell, Science and Art Loan Department, South Kensington, to Lord Lister, Royal Society. Royal Society Miscellaneous Manuscripts MM/17/102; with supplementary letters NLB/12/820, NLB/13/54 and 184, and NLB/14/447. 
URL descriptionDigital version available on The Royal Society Picture Library
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