A very rare Regency mahogany metamorphic library table steps, with two dummy drawers to each side having original brass handles and raised on tapering ring turned legs. When opened the hinged top reveals tooled olive green leather surfaces. The removable brass pole aids stability when using the extended steps. When not in use this pole is housed under the table. When closed, this superb table with its rich colour and patina, is an excellent side, occasional or writing table. The condition is very good, the table stands solidly and does not wobble.
H29”, 74 cms, W:40.75”,103 cms, D:21.5”, 29 cms.
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.