A Regency mahogany open armchair
Lot 844Y
A Regency mahogany open armchair
Sold for £2,000 (US$ 3,361) inc. premium
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Lot Details
A Regency mahogany open armchair
with a channelled frame, the dished and panelled tablet toprail above two scroll arm supports and a horizontal splat, on sabre legs, the toprail applied with an ivory plaque bearing the inscription: 'THIS CHAIR WAS USED BY CHARLES DICKENS IN HIS DINING ROOM AT GADSHILL PLACE, KENT,'54cm wide,.


  • Provenance:

    This chair was held in residence at Gads Hill Place, Kent, the final home of Charles Dickens (1812-70). From there it was passed on to Dickens's companion and housekeeper, Anne Cornelius. It then came into the keeping of Leslie Staples Esq, President of the Dickens Fellowship and Trustee, as well as Editor, of the Dickensian Magazine. From there, the chair was passed onto the present owner.

    Charles Dickens lived at Gads Hill Place, along with his family, from 1857 until his death in 1870. During this period, Dickens wrote some of his most renowned and influential works, including A Tale of Two Cities, Our Mutual Friend and Great Expectations.

    The later upholstery found on the chair was applied by the present owner, but a sample of the original Moroccan leather upholstery for the chair is included in the lot.
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  1. Charlie Thomas
    Specialist - Period Design
    101 New Bond Street
    London, W1S 1SR
    United Kingdom
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