Aegyptian low chair, ca. 1870
Ebonised and gilded wood
Probably made by Cottier and Company
h. 77 cm - w. 45,5 cm - d. 45,1 cm
PROVENANCE : Haslam and Whiteway, London, 1990's - Collection of Ryan Brant, New York - H. Blairman and Sons, 2010 - French private collection, acquired from the above, until 2019.
NOTE : This chair is the only example known of this exact design. It is the lower variant of the chair in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. It was previously believed to have bee designed by John Moyr Smith but recent studies have show that is was in fact Cottier who was responsible for the design.
LITERATURE : Max Donnelly, 'Cottier and Company, Art Furniture Makers', in the Magazine Antiques, volume CLIX, June 2001, pages 916-925, plate XIV.
COLLECTION : American private collection