A good set of George III mahogany metamorphic library steps  attributed to François Hervé
Lot 102
A good set of George III mahogany metamorphic library steps attributed to François Hervé
Sold for £20,000 (US$ 33,616) inc. premium
Lot Details
A good set of George III mahogany metamorphic library steps attributed to François Hervé
The steps in the form of a side table with a rectangular moulded edge top with a plain frieze, on square section tapering legs, the top with a brass release mechanism folding down to reveal two treads to the reverse, the remainder of the steps folding up from the under-carriage of the tables with four further treads and folding articulated side arms, closed 73cm wide, 49.5cm deep, 72cm high (28.5" wide, 19" deep, 28" high), open 49.5cm wide, 125cm deep, 186cm high (19" wide, 49" deep, 73" high) .

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Carrigglas Manor, Co.Longford.

    Carrigglas was leased to, and later bought by Thomas Lefroy (1776-1869), who had an eminent political career serving as Baron of the Court of Exchequer in 1841 and later as the Lord Chief Justice of Ireland (from 1852). Lefroy designed a new house at Carrigglas, c.1837, demolishing the earlier building. The Lefroy family remained at Carriglass Manor until c.2005, when they sold the estate and gardens.

    See C.Claxton Stevens and S.Whittington, 18th Century English Furniture, The Norman Adams Collection, p.457-458 for a set of identical metamorphic library steps with François Hervé's inscribed label, which in turn matches another set in the collection at the V & A (illustrated in C.Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, p.265). A signed set formerly at Heveningham Hall, Suffolk is illustrated in R.Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, Vol II, p.290, fig 13.

    See also Christies, London, 19 November 2009, lot 19 for another set which corresponds to Hervé (realised £27,500).

    François Hervé is listed at Johns St, London as cabinet-maker and chairmaker 1781-96. He is recorded as working for the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Devonshire and Earl Spencer. See C.Gilbert & G.Beard, Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, p.423-424.
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