Circa 1820 – Note: Robert Campbell of London is credited with having been the inventor of these models of Library Steps converting from tables and chairs. In 1774 he took out a patent on sets of library steps which could be “contained in tables, chairs or stools” when not in use. He is purported to have made a prototype for King George III and Thomas Sheraton thought this item of furniture of sufficient merit to illustrate and describe it in his Drawing Book of 1793.
Literature: Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700 – 1840, Christopher Gilbert, Furniture History Society, 1996, Pages 34 & 40, Illustrations: Plates 185-188, 493/4 and 628-632.
The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterers Drawing-Book, Thomas Sheraton, 1793 plate 185, and Third Edition 1802, Appendix, pp 9-11, plate 9 and pp 42/43 plate 22
The London Furniture Makers from the Restoration to the Victorian Era 1660-1840, Sir Ambrose Heal, pp 33.
H29”, 74 cms, W:40.75”,103 cms, D:21.5”, 55 cms.