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    Sale 7727

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    4 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 42

    A REGENCY MAHOGANY METAMORPHIC LIBRARY ARMCHAIR

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

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    A REGENCY MAHOGANY METAMORPHIC LIBRARY ARMCHAIR
    AFTER A DESIGN BY MORGAN AND SANDERS, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    The outswept scrolled back with leather-padded toprail above a caned back and seat and squab cushion covered in later green leather enclosing four green leather-lined steps, with scrolled moulded arms, on sabre legs and brass caps and castors
    36 in. (92 cm.) high; 23 in. (58.5 cm.) wide; 26 in. (66 cm.) deep


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    The design of this metamorphic armchair corresponds closely to the design first published in Ackermann's Repository in July 1811 which was captioned 'This ingenious piece of furniture... manufactured at Messrs. Morgan and Sanders, Catherine-st. Strand' (S. Jones and P. Agius, Ackerman's Regency Furniture and Interiors, 1984, fig.15). 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 related chair was sold annonymously, Christie's, London, 22 January 2009 (£9,375).

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