PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
Acquired by Sir Charles Wolseley (7h Bart.) (1769-1846), Wolseley Hall, Staffordshire
Thence by descent
Lady Wolseley, Wolseley: a Thousand Years of History, (Lichfield Press, 2003).
There is a portrait of Sir Charles Wolseley sitting in one of these giltwood bergères. He was a great Francophile, who in his youth, went on a Grand Tour, and whilst in France took part in the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution. He travelled extensively and possibly acquired this pair of bergères during one of his many trips to France and brought them back to the family seat in Staffordshire. It has been a longstanding tradition and remains so to this day amongst the Wolseley Baronets to have their portraits painted and the one illustrated demonstrates the high regard in which these bergères were held that they have been included in the portrait of the 7th Baronet.
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