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A Regency oak metamorphic library armchair, circa 1815, after the design by Morgan and Sanders
the moulded top rail above a pierced lotus carved mid rail and over-scrolled arms above a caned drop-in seat with a later green leather squab cushion, folding to reveal four leather-lined treads on moulded sabre legs
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Provenance

Anonymous sale, Sotheby's London, 12 February 1999, lot 137

Catalogue Note

This armchair follows a design by the London firm of Morgan and Sanders, published in Ackermann's Repository in July 1811. Morgan and Sanders were specialists in the manufacture of 'metamorphic' furniture of this kind and held the patent for this particular model, which was known as the 'Patent Metamorphic Library Chair' (see G.B. Hughes, 'Regency Patent Furniture', Country Life, 2 January 1958, pp.10-12, and B. Austen, 'Morgan and Sanders and the Patent Furniture Makers of Catherine Street', Connoisseur, vol. 187, no. 753, November 1974, pp.180-191.)

The Neil & Gina Smith Collection

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London