"Metamorphic Library Chair", from "Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashions Etc.." Plate 29 (volume I, July 1811)
Morgan & Sanders’s metamorphic library chair established the basic mechanical design for this form. Their chair was rendered in the then-fashionable Neoclassical, or Regency, style, characterized by a concave back, scrolling arms, and curved, saber-shaped legs. The form of Eliaers’s library step-chair derives directly from this English example of forty years earlier.
- Publisher: Rudolph Ackermann, British, 1764-1830
- Medium: Printed paper and watercolor
- Place Published: London, England
- Dates: 1811
- Dimensions: Other: 9 1/4 x 5 1/8 in. (23.5 x 13 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Decorative Arts
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 2011.80
- Credit Line: Gift of H. Blairman & Sons
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Rudolph Ackermann (British, 1764-1830). "Metamorphic Library Chair", from "Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashions Etc.." Plate 29 (volume I, July 1811), 1811. Printed paper and watercolor, Other: 9 1/4 x 5 1/8 in. (23.5 x 13 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of H. Blairman & Sons, 2011.80
- Catalogue Description: Printed double image of: above, a Klismos style armchair with light blue cushion; below, the same chair folded over backwards to become a step ladder with four light-blue colored steps. At top proper left corner printed in black: "Plate 3 Vol 6" At bottom center printed in black: "METAMORPHIC LIBRARY CHAIR/ No. 31 of R. ACKERMANN'S REPOSITORY of ARTS etc. Pub. July 1 1811, at 101 Strand LONDON"
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)