Antony House

Antony House, Cornwall

Antony House is an 18th-Century house believed to be one of the finest surviving Queen Anne buildings in the West Country. Part of the National Trust portfolio, the House contains an outstanding collection of portraits, including works by Sir Joshua Reynolds and a famous painting of Charles I during his trial. There are also fine examples of period furniture, textiles and tapestries, all surrounded by a magnificent landscape garden.

Antony House Mock Velvet, Antony House Chair

Private Residence

Mock Figured Velvet for a suite of furniture

Humphries Weaving were approached by The Cornish Chair Company, located in Cornwall, to help with the restoration of a suite of furniture. Antony House was keen to create an authentic design as close to the origional surviving fragments as possible.

The origional upholstery featured a magnificent figured velvet with floral motifs and trellis. This is a quality not woven by Humphries, and so we had to use complex weave constructions and yarns to try to imitate the origional fabric. the origional design was redrawn by hand in our Suffolk studio, before we explored lots of different colours and weave constructions to achieve the most accurate restoration.

The final fabric was woven using cotton chenille to create a raised textured figure, representing the 3 Dimensional velvet pile. The “Antony Mock Velvet” fabric was used for a suite of furniture in the Private Residence.

Project References: 4154


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