• English Furniture and Clocks auction at Christies

    Sale 7769

    English Furniture and Clocks

    19 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 56

    A REGENCY MAHOGANY METAMORPHIC LIBRARY ARMCHAIR

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

    Price Realised  

    A REGENCY MAHOGANY METAMORPHIC LIBRARY ARMCHAIR
    AFTER A DESIGN BY MORGAN & SANDERS, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    The curved tablet toprail above a similar splat and scrolled arms with applied roundels, with a padded, buttoned buff velvet-covered seat and channelled sabre legs, hinged at the front rail to form a set of library steps, with green baize treads
    36 in. (91.5 cm.) high; 22 in. (56 cm.) wide; 24 in. (61 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, Ackermann'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) and a further related example was, sold by Mallett, Christie's, London, 4 June 2009, lot 42 (£10,625). Most recently one was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 10 September 2009, lot 354 (£11,250).

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