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c. 1802–07
(British, 1769–1831)
Overall: 102.2 x 113 x 71.1 cm (40 1/4 x 44 1/2 x 28 in.)

Did You Know?

The acorn finials, ram’s heads, and clusters of stylized honeysuckle flowers along the settee’s frame are typical of Thomas Hope’s neoclassical designs.


An art collector, designer, and champion of neoclassicism, Thomas Hope designed this settee for display in his London house. Hope’s design exemplifies the continued interest in neoclassical ornament around 1800 through the use of elaborately carved friezes, a central pediment, and a lavishly gilded surface. In 1807 Hope published Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, featuring descriptions of his renowned collection of antiquities and the interior furnishings from his London house, including this settee. Many architects and cabinetmaking firms took inspiration from Hope’s designs, adapting Greek and Roman forms to create bold expressions of neoclassicism in their architecture and decoration.
  • c.1802-1831
    Presumably Thomas Hope [1769-1831], Duchess Street, London and later at Deepdene, Surrey, and by descent to his son;
    Henry Thomas Hope [1808-1862] and by descent to his wife
    Anne Adele Bichat Hope [died 1884], by descent to her grandson
    Lord Henry Francis Hope Pelham-Clinton-Hope [1866-1941], later 8th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyme
    (Christie’s, London, July 18, 1917, no. 293; bought by Bridge for £9 9s)
    Whereabouts unknown
    (Gorringe’s Auctioneers, Lewes, Sussex, June 7, 2001, lot 1204, sold to H. Blairman & Sons and Jeremy Ltd, London)
    (H. Blairman & Sons and Jeremy, Ltd., London)
    Philip Hewat-Jaboor [born 1953]; sold by (Carlton Hobbs, Ltd., New York, as agent) to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Hanson, Robin. “Behind the Scenes: A day in the textile conservation lab.” Cleveland Art: Cleveland Museum of Art Members Magazine 62, no. 1: 22-23. Reproduced and Mentioned: P. 22.
    Hope, Thomas, and Thomas Ustick Walter. Household Furniture and Interior Decoration. London: Printed by T. Bensley ... for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1807.
    Watkin, David, Philip Hewat-Jaboor, Daniella Ben-Arie, and Elizabeth Angelicoussis. Thomas Hope: Regency Designer. New Haven [Conn.]: Yale University Press [for] The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture, New York, 2008. p. 402-403
    Cleveland Museum of Art. The CMA Companion: A Guide to the Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art, 2014. Mentioned and reproduced: P. 139
  • British Gallery Reinstallation (June 2020). The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer).
    Thomas Hope: Regency Designer. Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture, New York (organizer) (July 17-November 16, 2008); Victoria and Albert Museum, London (March 21-June 22, 2008).
  • {{cite web|title=Settee|url=false|author=Thomas Hope, Unknown Maker|year=c. 1802–07|access-date=02 March 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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