William IV Mahogany & Upholstered Armchair with Copes Patent Castors
A William IV mahogany and upholstered armchair with Copes Patent Castors.
This unusual chair is perhaps the forerunner of the Victorian devotional chair although with the inclusion of arms it makes the chair much more functional and pleasing to the eye. More commonly encountered as a Victorian creation, the devotional chair became fashionable during the 1830’s and can be seen pictured in the catalogues of William Smee of the period. It was however popularised at this period as a conversational chair allowing the user to rest their elbows on the back of the chair whilst in a standing position. It came at a time when the drawing room was the new and latest fashion in country houses and promoted a more relaxed attitude to social interactions.
Completely reupholstered, this chair has stout turned legs with matching turned arm pillar supports and swept bag legs.