The Purchase of the Beckford Coffer and Stand

The Beckford Tower Trust secured a rare coffer cabinet and stand made for the famous and eccentric 19th century collector, William Beckford (1760-1844). It was saved thanks to £148,000 from National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF), £110,000 from the Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for art, along with numerous personal donations. Dating from the 1830s, this coffer and stand is the only known complete piece of furniture from a set of four originally created for the Scarlet Drawing Room at Beckford’s Tower in Bath.

Coffer and stand created by William Beckford
Coffer and stand built by William Beckford
Applicant: 
Beckford Tower Trust
Location: 
Lansdown Road, Bath, Avon, BA1 9BH
Region: 
South West
Grant awarded: 
£148,000
Year awarded: 
2011