Pair of armchairs

Ref: 1713 / 1862
  • Detail

    Ebonised mahogany with various inlays, including ivory, and brass feet; the leather upholstery of later date, based on fragments of the original

    79 x 62 (across feet) x 49 cm

    English, mid-1870s

  • Provenance

    Walter Morrison (1836-1921), Malham Tarn; Knight, Frank & Rutley, on the premises, 8-10 November 1927, lots 65 & 66; at least one chair bt Ralph Wynn, and probably by descent; acquired separately in 2017

  • Notes

    Walter Morrison, the ninth (of eleven) children born to James Morrison (1789-1857) and his wife Mary (1795-1887) was just twenty-one when his father died leaving him £300,000 (a fortune that today would be the equivalent of £28m) and the Malham Estate in Yorkshire.

    Malham House burned out in 1873, but was rebuilt inside the old walls.  When John Ruskin visited in 1878, he found the house ‘quite delightful’.  The chairs, in the ‘modern gothic’ taste, presumably date from the mid-1870s.

    No papers have been traced to indicate the name of an architect for the restoration of Malham House, nor for the supplier of the furnishings.  Thus an attribution for the chairs illustrated here remains problematic.

    For a further discussion of these chairs see ‘Pair of chairs for Walter Morrison (1836-1921): a new discovery‘ in the News section of our website, 20 April 2019.

    REGISTRATION REF: VMJCKNH9 (25th February 2022)