Armchair | Clein, Francis | ca. 1625, England. Carved oak and beech, painted. The 18th-century diarist Horace Walpole believed that the chairs at Holland House were designed by Francis Cleyn, chief designer at the Mortlake tapestry works from 1626. Chairs like this would have been popular with the select group of courtiers known as the 'Whitehall Set'. They were close to Charles I and shared his taste for the latest fashions from Italy and France.