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Phillip Webb for Morris & Co. an English Aesthetic Movement Reclining Armchair

$24,889.72

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Phillip Webb for Morris and Co. Designed in C1866. A rare Aesthetic Movement ebonized adjustable reclining armchair. The arched arms with padded armrests united to the sweeping arched legs by turned uprights, with adjustable reclining shaped back. The front legs have the typical bobbin details to the front with plain turned stretchers below, on original brass castors. This variation was bought from a Norman Shaw House in Bedford Park around 40 years ago. One I have not come across and possibly made to a commission. I have found what looks like the same or a very similar armchair in an old photograph of Swan House in Chelsea built by Norman Shaw so there is certainly a connection, he taught most of the Morris brigade and was involved with them most of his architectural life. It is difficult to make out all of the details in the period photograph I have attached in the last image here, but it certainly looks like this or a very similar one. These elegant timeless recliners were based on a design from an earlier traditional prototype found in the workshop of an old carpenter named Ephraim Colman in Herstmonceux, East Sussex. England in 1866 by George Warrington Taylor who was the business manager for Morris Marshall and Faulkner. He drew a sketch and wrote a description of the chair and sent it to Philip Webb who adapted it for production by Morris, Marshall, and Faulkner 1861-1875. (The firm became Morris and Co in 1875).

Details

  • Creator
    Morris & Co. (Cabinetmaker),Philip Webb (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 40.50 in. (102.87 cm)Width: 24 in. (60.96 cm)Depth: 27 in. (68.58 cm)Seat Height: 16.50 in. (41.91 cm)
  • Style
    Aesthetic Movement (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1860
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2243325902492

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    to United States 0, arrives in 4-8 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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