Robert Daws was a cabinet-maker and upholsterer active at 17 Margaret Street, Cavendish Square between 1820 and 1839. He is best known for patenting the 'Improved Recumbent Easy chair' in 1827, of which the present lot is a perfect example. This model was wellknown in the first half of the 19th century and is illustrated in J.C. Loudon's Encyclopedia of Cottage Farm and Villa Architecture and Furniture, London 1839, p. 1057, fig. 1913, with an attribution to Daws.
A similar chair was sold Christie's New York, 16 October 1998, lot 285.