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Rare Regency Metamorphic Mahogany Library Chair

Rare Regency Metamorphic Mahogany Library Chair



circa 1815

This chair was believed to have been in the family of Decimus Burton (1800 - 1881) since its date of manufacture. His father, James Haliburton was one of the most significant builders of Georgian London, responsible for large areas of Bloomsbury, St. Johns Wood and Clapham Common as well as the development of Regents Park in collaboration with John Nash. Decimus was educated at the Royal Academy Schools in Somerset House, where Sir John Soane was Professor of Architecture. Through his father's connections, he gained many early commissions. He later gained the design for the Colosseum, Screen and Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner, Cornwall Terrace in Regent's Park and The Palm House at Kew amongst many other public buildings. In 1826 John Ward acquired Calverley Estate and commissioned Decimus to develop the Estate and later to re-furbish the main House (previously Mount Pleasant House). Decimus took possession of a villa on the Calverley Estate and continued to fulfil numerous commissions nationwide. In 1832, Decimus was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and he continued in practice until 1869. He spent his later life in his various properties in London and St Leonards, dying a batchelor in 1881.


Height 90.00cm (35.43 inches)

Width 55.00cm (21.65 inches)

Depth 50.00cm (19.69 inches)

Height Framed 72.00cm (28.35 inches)

Width Framed 55.00cm (21.65 inches)

Depth Framed 103.00cm (40.55 inches)

Stock No: FAF245


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