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Collections > Furniture > Part of a pair of caned settees
Part of a pair of caned settees
The back panels of this pair of caned settees are decorated with carvings of musical instruments, a lyre crossed with a pair of trumpets. This suggests that the settees were intended to be used in a music room. The back panels are also carved with two thyrsus, a staff tipped with ornaments resembling pine cones, which was carried by Dionysus the Greek god of fertility and wine. In Greek Mythology Hermes created the lyre and Athena invented the trumpet, while the staffs represent Dionysus.
Size: Height: 86 cm; Length: 114 cm; Depth: 46 cm.
Object Type: settee
Period: George III
Actual Date: c. 1810
Century: 18th - 19th century
Materials: Mahogany, Cane
Museum Accession Number: FW.186