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Rare early model of a Sussex armchair with original paintwork

Rare early model of a Sussex armchair with original paintwork

Code: LVS1045


An early/mid 19th century rare early model of a Sussex armchair of unusual design and with original paintwork - ADDITIONAL IMAGES CAN BE VIEWED BELOW:

The chair consists of a back rail with painted lattice design in a muted gold tone with six turned spindles leading down to a rush seat which is in very good condition.

The turned arms have a super patina and are supported by four turned spindles to each side, the arm supports leading down through the seat rail onto a stretcher below - this is an unusual design only found on this type of chair - the chairs are supported by tapered legs with circular stretchers.   

The Sussex style chair became fashionable when Morris & Co (William Morris) began making the design around 1864, remaining popular for many years and was still being produced, it still featured in their catalogue of 1911.  
William Morris used the Sussex chair in his own houses as did his great friend, the artist Edward Burne-Jones.
This chair design brought a new style to furniture as it was of simple structure, made from beech and stained in black or 'ebonised' with a rush seat and ideal for the smaller property.
The Sussex chair also influenced other top designers of the time such as Liberty & Heals who produced their own versions such as the 'Argyll' range at Liberty & Co.   

This armchair is in good original condition, is of stable construction and can go straight into a home.


Height: 33'' / 84cm

Width: 20.75'' / 52.5cm

Depth: 18'' / 45.5cm

Seat height: 18'' / 45.5cm