Chair

Ref: 1731
  • Designer / Maker

    The design attributed to Ford Madox Brown (1821-93)

    Manufactured by Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co.(1861-75), or Morris & C0. (1875-1940)

  • Detail

    Ebonised wood, with (original) rush seat

    83 x 42 x 43 cm

    English, after circa 1865

  • Provenance

    […]; English private collection

  • Literature

    The Sussex chair range has been extensively published.  See, for example, Linda Parry, ed., William Morris, London: Philip Wilson/V&A, 1996, J.24-J.27.  The notes below are taken from the entry on J.25.

  • Notes

    ‘The design of this chair was attributed to F.M. Brown by E.M. Tait in The Furnisher (III, 1900-1, pp. 61-3).

    Burne-Jones purchased a number of Sussex chairs in 1865 … which might have included this version.  He certainly ordered four round-seated chairs at a cost of £2 in 1878 and had two in the dining room and two in the upstairs sitting room at The Grange in Fulham.

    Described by Edis as a bedroom chair and recommended for its cheapness and serviceability (Decoration and Furniture of Town Houses, 1881, p. 29), this model was available for 10s. 6d.according to Morris & Co. catalogue about 1910.’

    The present chair is in an exceptional state of preservation, retaining its original surface, rush and border around the seat.