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    Sale 7592

    Four British Collections Including Important Furniture

    5 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 156

    AN EARLY VICTORIAN WALNUT ARMCHAIR

    BY W. BRYSON, MID-19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN EARLY VICTORIAN WALNUT ARMCHAIR
    BY W. BRYSON, MID-19TH CENTURY
    The curved open padded back and buttoned seat covered in close-nailed caramel leather, the X-shaped moulded ends with foliate-clasped terminals, joined by moulded stretchers and terminating in foliate-wrapped feet, with brass castors, stamped twice 'W. BRYSON'
    26½ in. (67 cm.) high; 24¾ in. (63 cm.) wide; 25 in. (63.5 cm.) deep


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    The antiquarian library writing-chair, of robust mediaeval folding-stool form wrapped by 'gothic' foliage, derives from a George IV pattern of the mid-1820s invented by the architect A. W. N. Pugin (d. 1852) and published by R. Ackermann in Gothic Furniture in the Style of the 15th Century, 1834/5. The chair is likely to have been supplied by the celebrated Mount Street firm of Holland and Sons, which was involved from the 1830s in supplying the New Palace of Westminster with floriated furniture in Pugin's 'Louis Douze' fashion. It bears the craftsman's brand of William Bryson, whose connection with Messrs Holland and Sons is discussed by C. M. Anderson, 'W. Bryson and the firm of Holland and Sons', Furniture History, 2005, pp. 217-30).

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    Provenance

    Bought from Peter Farlow, London, 1997.