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A set of Regency mahogany metamorphic library steps

Origin England
Period 19th Century
Materials Mahogany and leather
Dimensions
W. 22.83 in; H. 13.78 in; D. 42.91 in;
W. 58 cm; H. 35 cm; D. 109 cm;
Condition Good.
Creation Date c 1815
Description A set of Regency mahogany metamorphic library steps, this sturdy armchair unfolds to reveal four leather-inset steps which rest on the cresting rail. It has a generous seat with a fitted, re-upholstered, leather seat cushion. The shaped rail, scroll arms and front legs are reeded. The splat and corners have carved fan-shaped elements. English, circa 1815.

Susan Stuart (ibid.), discusses ‘ladders for libraries and ‘step’ or metamorphic chairs’ in Vol. II pp106-108. Plate 654 shows the design for a step chair made for Ferguson & Co. in 1834. Meanwhile the design for a side chair with similar decorative elements, from 1813, is illustrated in Vol. I p221, pl 204.d.
Styles / Movements Regency, Traditional
Book References Susan Stuart (ibid.), discusses ‘ladders for libraries and ‘step’ or metamorphic chairs’ in Vol. II pp106-108. Plate 654 shows the design for a step chair made for Ferguson & Co. in 1834.
Incollect Reference Number 465173
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