Designer / Maker
The design attributed to Ford Madox Brown (1821-93)
Manufactured by Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co.(1861-75), or Morris & C0. (1875-1940)
Ebonised wood, with (original) rush seat
83 x 42 x 43 cm
English, after circa 1865
[…]; English private collection
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.
‘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.