William IV Bergere Mahogany & Leather Reclining Library Armchair - William Smee Design
An excellent William IV Bergere Reclining Library Armchair with Mahogany frame and reupholstered in Morocco leather. This transitional piece is a lovely example of the armchairs development throughout the early nineteenth century with its Regency shepherd crook arms with circular paterae and its slightly later turned leg style. The simple but effective reclining mechanism is operated by loosening a brass screw to the side of the chair and moving the base backwards or forwards. The seat has a brass rail to one side which makes contact with the screw when the preferred position is gained and the mechanism is retightened.
A lovely example for which we have evidence of manufacture during the 1830’s through William Smee’s London catalogue of the period. The picture provided shows a very similar design with some small differences in the leg design. Smee’s design is accompanied with the following description:
“Mahogany Lounge Chair with sliding seat stuff’d in leather”
An additional cost was associated with the provision of “morocco leather”.