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Pair Regency style ebonised window seats



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A very well drawn, highly decorative and sophisticated pair of Regency style window seats.
Finely decorated by hand, in grey, with anthemions (anthemia) and lines on an ebonised ground.
Now upholstered in genuine zebra hide, and close-nailed.
A faithful version of a fine period pair – circa 1810 – which we sold from our stock in the 1950’s.

The design of this Grecian style window seat was popularised by the firm of Morgan & Saunders, Trafalgar House, Catherine street, Strand, London (Ackermann’s ‘Regency Furniture & Interiors’. Text by Pauline Agius, Introduction by Stephen Jones (London, 1984) p. 39, plate 1). A closely related window seat by the firm is illustrated in R. Ackermann, The Repository of Arts, (London, 1809).

Nb. A pair of small size window seats in mahogany in the manner of Morgan and Saunders sold Sothebys, London, on 4th June 2008 @ £12,500.

A window seat illustrated in Rudolph Ackermann’s ‘The Repository of Arts’, published between 1809 and 1828, also takes an X-form and is edged with gilding. As noted in the text, the “design would have a very good effect executed in bronze, with the rosettes, fillets, and other ornaments of the frame, in mat gold”4 (sic, figure 2).

H: 61 cm.
W: 113 cm.
D: 45 cm.

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