A Regency Style ‘Lyre’ Chair
A Regency style ‘lyre’ shaped library chair, the ebonised beech frame with silver gilt rosettes to the front of the arms, the side swept sabre legs with square brass cup castors. Formerly painted, but stripped back to original ebonised finish, the chair has been traditionally reupholstered, with horsehair squab cushion, recovered in a striped Micheal Smith brown linen finished with suede tufts. English, probably reproduced in the 1950s by the Duveen Brothers.
This style of Lyre shape chair was supplied by Gillows of London and Lancaster for Hackwood Park, Basingstoke, Hampshire and listed in their 1813 Memorandum. Related chairs also feature in a number of Gillow’s early 19th Century room elevations preserved at the Victoria and Albert Museum (E.47-1952).