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"Metamorphic Library Chair", from "Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashions Etc.." Plate 29 (volume I, July 1811)

Decorative Arts and Design

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.
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)
    CREDIT LINE Gift of H. Blairman & Sons Ltd.
    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"
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    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 Ltd., 2011.80 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2011.80_PS6.jpg)
    IMAGE group, 2011.80_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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