Henry Samuel, the Oxford Street based dealer in works of art (fl.1881 – 1913) regularly name-stamped his stock and seems to have specialised in copies of high quality copies of 18th century furniture, as well as in period furniture. See C.Gilbert,Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture, 1700 – 1840, Leeds, 1996, p.395, pl.780 for an 18th century octagonal partners desk, a similar late 19th century copy of this desk bearing the stamp of H.Samuel was sold Christie’s, London, 21 November, 2006, lot 457. Other pieces bearing the H.Samuel stamp include a bookcase in the manner of George Brookshaw, sold Christie’s London, 6 March 2008, lot 104 and a George I leather covered chest on stand, sold Sotheby’s London, 3 May 2003, lot 13.
A pair of Edwardian Period mahogany antique ships chairs. Each chair in the French directorie style having a carved floral cartouche, an upholstered back and arms above the generous upholstered seat with carved acanthus detail. Raised on turned and reeded supports united by an X framed undertier and a central mahogany peg which would have been used to secure the chairs on a cruise liner of this period. Originally each chair would have had a brass plaque on the top above the cartouche to indicate the seat number for dinner etc English circa 1900-1910
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A Duchesse brisee is a French piece of furniture, a daybed split into three parts and the name literally means “Broken Duchess”. This concept is originally from Egypt. During the 1st Dynasty, examples of these type of loungers were found in tombs. Not to be outdone though the Greeks invented the lounging couch as a substitute for a chair when dining and even Later still Romans used a similar daybed for both sleeping at night and resting during the day. Around 1740 was when the French invented the Duchesse Brisee.
It was designed in three parts, two “gondola type” chairs with a “labouret” between them, it was detachable and could be used as two seats and a foot stool.
Although mostly for convenience, the porters chair was made to be reasonably comfortable as opposed to hall chairs. Where as hall chairs offered a rock like resistance to the posterior and no comfort to the back and usually came in pairs or sets. The porters chair on the other hand was made to protect him from the rigours of a job which condemned him to draughts, and could be both comfortable and desirable.
A Fine example of a Deep Buttoned Leather Porters Chair