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    Sale 3786

    The Collection of Carroll Petrie & European Decorative Arts from the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, including the Eugenia Woodward Hitt Collection

    31 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1391

    A REGENCY MAHOGANY METAMORPHIC ARMCHAIR

    AFTER A DESIGN BY MORGAN AND SAUNDERS, LONDON, CIRCA 1820

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    A REGENCY MAHOGANY METAMORPHIC ARMCHAIR
    AFTER A DESIGN BY MORGAN AND SAUNDERS, LONDON, CIRCA 1820
    With hinged caned seat transforming into red tooled leather library steps, on sabre legs


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    The design for this metamorphic armchair corresponds very closely to the design first published in Rudolph Ackermann's Repository of Arts in July 1811 and captioned 'This ingenious piece of furniture is manufactured at Messrs. Morgan and Sanders’s, Catherine-St. Strand' (P.Agius, Ackermann's Regency Furniture & Interiors, Marlborough, 1984, p.60, pl.29). This chair was 'considered the best and handsomest article ever yet invented, where two complete pieces of furniture are combined in one - an elegant and truly comfortable armchair and a set of library steps.’

    Provenance

    With Phillips of Hitchen Antiques, Ltd., Hertfordshire.
    Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Catherine H. Collins Collection.