VICTORIAN MAHOGANY AND LEATHER METAMORPHIC RECLINING CAMPAIGN CHAIR
England, circa late 19th century
Item # C103902
A rare and exceptional selection of British Campaign seating furniture, this gorgeous reclining chair entirely disassembles for safe and convenient transport and storage. It has been beautifully preserved with nearly perfect purity throughout, retaining all of the original hardware and a very early and likely original tufted olive leather covering.
The front legs have a brass-reinforced six-position notch system that allows the chair to be adjusted for the sitter.
It is not difficult to disassemble the chair, first by unclipping the leather upholstery at the top where it hangs from cast brass hooks, then unhooking the leather under the chair bottom, unscrewing the left knob on the reclining bar and removing the bar completely, allowing the chair to then lay back carefully before folding both front arms/legs inward.
The ingenuity of the campaign furniture is so compelling, unusual and practical - but as heavily used and functional objects, few of these metamorphic chairs remain and even fewer in totally pure and exquisite condition. This is a particularly fine acquisition for the serious collector.
Provenance: acquired from Gary Young 18th & 19th Century Antiques, Centreville, MD in 2009 for a private Maryland collection
Measurements: 37" H x 40" D x 26" W x 13 1/2" H to seat [when measured at the third notch position]
Retaining a fine early historical surface with beautiful overall patina; age appropriate wear including some chipping to the knobs, surface scars, stains to the leather, etc.; retaining entirely original hardware, original leather covering and in firm, stable and fully functional condition.