the adjustable book rest with later twin brass candle-arms
This reading chair is of a type associated with the Regency cabinet makers Morgan and Sanders, specialists in the manufacture of mechanical and metamorphic furniture. A chair of very similar design was illustrated by Morgan and Sanders in Ackermann`s Repository of Arts in September 1810, pl.19.
Although principally manufactured by Morgan and Sanders, chairs of this kind were first developed by Thomas Sheraton. An example is illustrated in The Cabinet Dictionary of 1803, described by Sheraton as an`Armchair for a library, or a reading chair... these are intended to make the exercise easy, and for the convenience of taking down a note or quotation from any subject.' ( cf. Sheraton, op.cit., p.17, pl.5); see also Brian Austen, `Morgan and Sanders and the Patent Furniture Makers of Catherine Street', Connoisseur, vol.187, no.753, November 1974, pp.180-191.
A similar chair was sold Sotheby's Benacre Hall, Suffolk, 9-11 May 2000, lot 228.
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