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    Sale 7746

    PARISIAN TASTE IN LONDON: A PRIVATE COLLECTION AND FURNITURE

    10 September 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 354

    A REGENCY MAHOGANY METAMORPHIC LIBRARY ARMCHAIR

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

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    A REGENCY MAHOGANY METAMORPHIC LIBRARY ARMCHAIR
    AFTER A DESIGN BY MORGAN & SANDERS, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    The curved reeded toprail above a similar splat and scrolled arms with applied roundels, with a padded, buttoned red leather covered seat and channelled sabre legs, hinged at the front rail to form a set of library steps, minor restorations
    36¼ in. (92 cm.) high; 21¾ in. (55 cm.) wide; 23½ in. (66 cm.) deep


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    The design for 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 anonymously, Christie's, London, 22 January 2009 (£9,375 with premium) and a further related example was, more recently, sold by Mallett, Christie's, London, 4 June 2009, lot 42 (£10,625 with premium).

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