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    Sale 5371

    Christie's Interiors

    25 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 120

    A MATCHED SET OF TWELVE BEECH AND ASH 'SUSSEX' DINING CHAIRS

    PROBABLY BY MORRIS & CO., LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A MATCHED SET OF TWELVE BEECH AND ASH 'SUSSEX' DINING CHAIRS
    PROBABLY BY MORRIS & CO., LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    With a pair of armchairs and rush seats (12)


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    Provenance

    'Sussex' chairs of this type with rush-seats were sold by Morris and Co. from c. 1865 and their 'simplicity and elegance of proportion' became a symbol for the William Morris look. The prototype derives from a chair found in the workshop of a Sussex carpenter and modifed by Ford Maddox Brown (See J. Andrews, Arts and Crafts Furniture, 2005, p. 21, pl. 13).