SPRING ANTIQUES, FINE & DECORATIVE ARTS
A superb Victorian mahogany and leather convalescence armchair by John Ward, London. The reclining back adjusted by a brass and steel handled winder, hinged arm-rests, drop-in seat and gout stool or foot rest. The whole raised on oversized spoked front wheels with brass spoke wheels to the back. The chair has been re-upholstered in top quality hand dyed leather with deep buttoned back. The chair retains the original makerâ€™s label for John Ward. Condition- Very good, in full working order and fully restored with polished brass. Dimensions:- Heightâ€¦47”/ 119cm. Widthâ€¦ 32.5”/ 82cm. Depthâ€¦39.5”/ 100cm. Seat Heightâ€¦20”/ 51cm.Delivery to most of U.K. mainland £75. History of John Ward. The firm of John Ward, were initially based in Leicester Square in the early 19thcentury. They produced sophisticated designs for adjustable invalid and â€˜bathâ€™ chairs. Their reputation spread, exhibiting at the 1851 Great Exhibition, and they became the chosen suppliers to those wealthy enough to afford their aids, usually made from quality mahogany and covered in expensive fabrics. Later in the 19thcentury, their premises were on Tottenham Court Road â€“ the London street famed for quality Victorian furniture makers and retailers. This is probably the period from which the chair here dates and when they became Royal Warrant holders to Queen Alexandra, George V and Queen Mary. For comparison see their â€˜improved recumbent chairâ€™ in the collection of the Science Museum, London
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