The furniture and fixtures in Sir John Soane’s Museum represents a rare survival of ordinary domestic furniture of the early 19th century - the set of kitchen chairs and small domestic items such as book carriers being especially rare. The patent Kitchen range dating (1812) is thought by the kitchen historian Peter Brears to be unique.
There are also many pieces designed by Soane and made for him by John Robins and other makers - including desks and unusual tables incorporating portfolio cabinets, drawers and cupboards. The bookcases in the Library-Dining Room, incorporating stained glass, and those in the Picture Room inlaid with ebony, are especially fine.
Soane also collected various items of important historic furniture as follows:
Three tables probably designed by William Kent - thought to have been made for the Prime Minister Robert Walpole; acquired by Soane from Walpole’s London home in Chelsea.
Sir Robert Walpole’s desk.
Indian ivory table and four chairs, mid-18th century.
Eight Chinese padouk wood chairs of c.1720, made in canton to a European pattern and inlaid with mother-of-pearl; said to be an exceptionally rare survival.
Our furniture catalogue is available to buy through the Museum shop here.