• Spanish Splendour  - The Colle auction at Christies

    Sale 7818

    Spanish Splendour - The Collection of a Marqués

    5 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 54

    A REGENCY MAHOGANY AND GREEN LEATHER READING-CHAIR

    CIRCA 1810, IN THE MANNER OF MORGAN & SAUNDERS

    Price Realised  

    A REGENCY MAHOGANY AND GREEN LEATHER READING-CHAIR
    CIRCA 1810, IN THE MANNER OF MORGAN & SAUNDERS
    The horse-shoe back with rotating hinged ratcheted book support, the pierced splat above padded fawn leather seat, on later cabriole legs and claw-and-ball feet, back legs with castors, printed trade label 'BARTLETT CHAPMAN & COLLING 7 WEST STREET, BRIGHTON', and another fragmentory label 'COLCHESTER'
    31¾ in. (80.5 cm.) high


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    Thomas Sheraton noted about a related library chair pattern that it was 'intended to make the exercise of reading easy' (T. Sheraton, The Cabinet Dictionary, London, 1803, pl. 5). This type of chair was adopted by the Strand cabinet-makers Morgan and Sanders, and one of their related 'library reading chairs' featured in R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts, in September 1810.

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