Reclining chair

Ref: 1412
  • Designer

    Designed by Charles Bevan (probably active circa 1860-circa 1882)

  • Detail

    Ebonised beech [?], with brass and ceramic castors; later fabric over the original upholstery

    91.5 x 60.9 x 71.2 cm

    English, circa 1865

  • Marked

    ‘COPES PATENT’ on the castors

  • Notes

    Charles Bevan was strongly influenced by John Pollard Seddon, but this was not without controversy.  In August 1865, The Building News published a chair of the present design under the title ‘Bevan’s New Registered Reclining Chair’ (see right).  The following month, Seddon wrote to The Building News complaining that Bevan had plagiarised an idea and design by Richard Holmes, patented by the writer and manufactured by his brother’s firm.  Bevan, it seems, had ‘improved’ Holmes’s ‘Alpha Folding Chair’, first exhibited by Johnstone & Jeanes (as Seddon’s design) at the London International Exhibition, 1862.  For more on Bevan, see H. Blairman & Sons, Gothic-Revival Furniture by Charles Bevan (London, n.d.).

    Both Marsh & Jones, Leeds and Gillow of Lancaster retailed Bevan reclining chairs.