04 May 2023

In celebration of the coronation of King Charles III…

Two beautiful Victorian Banqueting chairs belonging to Lord and Lady Salisbury have been carefully reupholstered to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III.

The project was conceived by Liz Alsop, Director of the St Albans Upholstery School and Studio, who specialises in the art of traditional upholstery and has been working with Hatfield House on some restoration work this year.

The chairs are part of a larger set made of solid walnut and styled to incorporate Jacobean characteristics popular during the early part of the 17th century when Hatfield House was built, including the turned barley-twist stretchers and back frame.  The Coronet finials refer to the title of Marquess.

During reupholstery the original horsehair and linen stitched pads were robust enough to be reused, along with a new layer of black and white herringbone webbing, horsehair second stuffing, wool wadding and calico. The base of the frame is stamped with an S for Salisbury along with the symbol of a coronet.

Liz took inspiration from the ceremonial chairs to be used at Westminster Abbey for the coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla, and the State Chair of Queen Anne, one of the many treasures that can be seen at Hatfield House.

Rich red and gold colourways are used, complemented by elaborate tassels and fringing, the art of ‘passementerie’.

St Albans Upholstery School and Studio demonstrate their work at Living Crafts each year at Hatfield Park, as well as showcasing some of their furniture.

As a special celebration of the Coronation this year, the chairs will be on display in the Showcase Pavilion for all visitors to enjoy.

Living Crafts, showcasing the UK’s finest designer-makers, takes place at Hatfield Park from Friday 5th May to Monday 8th May.

In celebration of the coronation of King Charles III… - Hatfield Park