Lot 171: A William IV mahogany metamorphic library armchair , circa 1832
November 30, 2016
Newbury, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: A William IV mahogany metamorphic library armchair , circa 1832, made to the patent by Robert Daws, the leather button upholstered back above open arms with padded elbow rests, the arms with push buttons to engage and lock the ratchet reclining action, the front seat rail sliding forward to reveal ratchet adjustable footrest, on lappet carved and turned legs terminating in brass castors, with remnants of a paper label to underside of footrest naming R DAWS, each leg stamped R DAWS J 1 GR PATENT, as a chair 102cm high, 69cm wide, 85cm deep, in reclined position, 200cm long The accuracy of dating this chair is based on the fact that the patent was granted to Robert Daws for his Patent Recumbent Easy Chair on 28th April 1827. The label to the underside of the footrest states that not the least derangement has not to his knowledge averaged one in FIVE HUNDRED during five years . Other examples which have come up for auction have a differing number of years stated we can therefore be fairly confident in dating this to 1832. Daws warranted his chairs for seven years at an original cost for a chair of moderate proportions of £10 10S. He promised the chairs would form a thousand positions . King George IV is believed to have owned one and commended it. The pair of initials stamped to the sides of the patent are presumably those of the chair-maker, other chairs which have appeared for sale have differing pairs of initials. Daws traded from 17 Margaret St, Cavendish Square, London from 1820-1839.