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    Sale 7700

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    22 January 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 24

    A REGENCY MAHOGANY METAMORPHIC LIBRARY OPEN ARMCHAIR

    AFTER A DESIGN BY MORGAN AND SANDERS, EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    A REGENCY MAHOGANY METAMORPHIC LIBRARY OPEN ARMCHAIR
    AFTER A DESIGN BY MORGAN AND SANDERS, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Reeded overall, the curved scroll-carved toprail centred by an anthemion above a horizontal splat centred by a roundel and issuing palm leaves, with scrolled arms and caned seat on sabre legs, opening to form a set of library steps, stamped to lower back rail HH
    35½ in. (90 cm.) high; 23 in. (59 cm.) wide; 25 in. (64 cm.) deep


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    The design of this metamorphic armchair corresponds closely to the design first published in 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'. A closely related chair is at Trinity College, Oxford (R. Edwards and P. Macquoid, The Dictionary of English Furniture, London, rev. ed., 1954, vol. II, p. 291, fig. 15). This particular model of armchair with its scrolled anthemion-enriched toprail and its palm-splat is unusually decorative.

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