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Georgian Mahogany and Green Leather Library Reading Chair



A mahogany reading chair After a design by Thomas Sheraton Of most striking design, the mahogany chair with its original leather upholstery having castor-shod tapering and turned front legs with sabre legs to the rear, the bowfront seat cushioned and having an inclined back, the padded arms of horseshoe design and incorporating a concealed swinging drawer for writing equipment, the hinged reading book rest inset with gilt-tooled leather, circa 1805 This type of chair is illustrated in Thomas Sheraton’s “The cabinet-maker and upholsterer's drawing-book” of 1803. Sheraton comments on the design saying the chair was intended “to make the exercise (of reading) easy, and for the convenience of taking down a note or quotation from any subject.” This particular design was made as early as the first quarter of the 18th century and was custom made for handful of clients throughout the 18th and 19th centuries by firms such as Gillows and Marsh & Tatham. An early example is in the Victoria & Albert Museum (W.47:1-1948), while a model of similar age to the Butchoff example is in the Royal Collection (RCIN 45104). A similar chair can be seen in the library at Tatton Park, in Cheshire, most likely supplied by Gillows. Literature: Sheraton, Thomas. The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing-Book. London: Printed for the author, by T. Bensley; and sold by J. Mathews, No 18, Strand; G. Terry, No 54, Paternoster-Row; and J.S. Jordan, No 166, Fleet-Street, 1803, plate 5.


  • Similar to
    Thomas Sheraton (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 36 in (91.44 cm)Width: 32 in (81.28 cm)Depth: 24 in (60.96 cm)
  • Style
    Georgian (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1805
  • Condition
    Repaired: Each item has undergone careful inspection and restoration by a conservation specialist in order to guarantee the original quality and integrity of the object. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 94251stDibs: LU954721585312

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