Chair

Ref: 2529
  • Designer / Maker

    The design attributed to John Moyr Smith (1839-1912)

    The manufacture attributed to Cox & Sons (fl. 1835-1935, various partnerships)

  • Detail

    Ebonised and painted beech; the original upholstery with modern top cover

    84 x 46 x 42 cm

    English, circa 1872

  • Marked

    The castors, marked ‘M&S (beneath a crown), have a design registration mark for 25 March 1872

    These initials and the design registration mark have yet to be checked in the records held at the National Archives, Kew

  • Provenance

    […]; Smiths, Newent, January 2022 (see Antiques Trade Gazette, 5 February 2022, p. 19)

  • Notes

    While no precise documentation has, to date, been found for this chair, it appears to relate to designs supplied by Moyr Smith to Cox & Sons; see, for example, Annamarie Stapleton, ‘John M0yr Smith 1839-1912’, The Decorative Arts Society 1850 to the Present Journal, 20 (1996), pp.18-28, in particular figs 4 and 5.

    For sources, see Jeremy Cooper, Victorian and Edwardian Furniture and Interiors. From Gothic Revival to Art Nouveau, London: Thames & Hudson, 1987, fig. 309: ‘Ancient Aegyptian Furniture’ in the British Museum, a page of drawings by J. Moyr Smith published in the Building News, 17 December 1875.

    For another chair attributed to Moyr Smith see Stair, 24 April 2015, lot 1, bt. Blairman; private collection.