A Late Victorian Aesthetic Movement Library Chair by Hamptons & Son. Pall Mall, London

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A late Victorian Aesthetic Movement Library Chair by Hamptons & Son. Pall Mall, London.

Hampton’s beginnings can be traced back to 1830 but they moved to their better known address in Pall Mall in 1869. Throughout its lifetime, the firm undertook commissions for the Royal Yacht Britannia, the liners the Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the Duke of York Theatre, the Dorchester and the Mayfair Hotels and the palaces of two Indian princes, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Maharajah of Kashmir.

Owing to the ebonised wood finish, this chair is likely to have been manufactured around 1880 when the fashion was at its height and the construction was a popular design throughout this period. Other top manufacturers of the time such as Howard & Son, Shoolbred and C&R Light released similar models. The chair has been sympathetically reupholstered with buttoned velvet in order to replicate the fashion of the period. The original castors are present on the chair bearing the stamp for Hamptons & Son, Pall Mall.

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