An 18th century Scandinavian elbow chair

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Lot 901
An 18th century Scandinavian elbow chair

£ 200 - 300
US$ 250 - 370
An 18th century Scandinavian elbow chair
The scrolled top-rail over a pierced vase shaped splat, the hooked arms over a padded seat, above a shaped apron, with cabriole legs and carved feet,
with makers label 'Henry Morgan & Co Ltd, Montreal'. 95cm high

Footnotes

  • Henry Morgan (1819-1893) was born into a family of modest means in the small village of Saline in the royal burgh of Dumfermline, Fife. Following a rudimentary education Morgan took employment at a dry goods wholesale firm in the city of Glasgow. After 10 years Morgan took the decision to emigrate to Montreal in Quebec, Canada. Upon his arrival he set up a retail dry goods store in partnership with a fellow Scotsman David Smith. They operated under the name of Smith & Morgan and opened in May 1945. This partnership lasted for five years when Morgan went solo and set up the firm Henry Morgan & Co. Morgan imported an enormous variety of goods from Europe including linens, drapes, woolens etc. In 1866 Morgan opened what was the first and largest department store in Canada located in a new purpose built building of four floors in St James Street, Montreal. This store became the marvel of the city and two of Morgan's nephews joined the expanding business. In 1891 Morgan opened a further massive ultra modern department store, well known for its eye catching window displays. Two years after this magnificent store opened Henry Morgan died and was interred in the Mount Royal Cemetry in Montreal. Henry Morgan’s store flourished under family ownership for a further four generations until 1960 when it was sold to the Hudson’s Bay Company. It is still in continued use as one of Montreal’s most important shopping venues.
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