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    Sale 5969

    A West Country Tradition - Avon Antiques, Bradford-upon-Avon, Wiltshire

    21 May 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 228

    A SET OF GEORGE III OAK METAMORPHIC LIBRARY STEPS

    THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A SET OF GEORGE III OAK METAMORPHIC LIBRARY STEPS
    THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    Modelled as a bench with heart-shaped carrying-handles, on chamfered square legs and brass castors
    40½ in. (103 cm.) high, open; 22 in. (56 cm.) high, closed; 26¾ in. (68 cm.) wide; 17 in. (43 cm.) deep


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    The eighteenth-century enthusiasm for ingeniously constructed metamorphic furniture, is well represented by this castor-fitted window-seat, with hinged steps concealed beneath a leather-upholstered squab seat. One such Library Stool was commissioned 1767 for the Library designed by the architect Robert Adam (d.1792) at Nostell Priory, Yorkshire for Sir Rowland Winn, 5th Bt. (d.1785). It was described by the St. Martin's Lane cabinet-maker Thomas Chippendale (d.1779) 'as having a seat to rise as a step ladder stuff'd and Cover'd with black leather' (C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, 1978, p. 145, fig. 262).

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