William IV Mahogany & Leather Bergere Library Chair with Cope's Patent Castors
A superb William IV period Mahogany and black leather upholstered Bergere Library chair.
This example is of a type not ordinarily encountered and shows perfectly the transition from late Regency styling through to the early Victorian period with its shortened down-swept arms alluding to the earlier shepherd’s crook style and its plain turned pillar supports which no longer bare the reeded decoration of its predecessors.
The overall design of the chair also remains faithful to earlier bergere models although the emphasis focusses on the upholstery rather than the caned seat, back and arms that would normally accompany an earlier chair. The result gives a more relaxed and usable feel whilst maintaining the luxurious look that all good library chairs must achieve.
With a superb patina to the mahogany, this chair has been reupholstered in buttoned black leather and a feather down cushion to complement the richness of the frame and is complete with a set of Cope’s patent brass castors which are often a feature of quality chairs of this period.
Adding further intrigue are some letter stamps to the base of the chair. The first set are the letters 'GW' followed by a separate capital letter 'K.' Neither letters correspond to a specific maker I am able to find within my research so I have concluded that they are likely to be the marks of the journeymen who worked on the chair. Not an uncommon occurrence during this period as many of the components for chairs were effectively 'subbed' out to different workmen who specialised in different areas of the finished product. This division of labour is appears regularly in Gillows output and is evidenced by their company's records.
Circa 1825 – 1835