Origin: English Period: Mid-Late Victorian Provenance: Unknown Date: c.1870-80 Height: 36 inches or 17.5 inches at Seat Length: 72 inches Depth: 27 inches (all at extremities)
Having the original lozenge paneled plum leather button-back upholstery, now beautifully faded, worn and distressed and in wonderfully untouched original condition, on a good quality heavy and well-carved mahogany show-frame, displaying some gothic revival influences, having floral rosettes and fluted baluster carved and turned legs on original castors surviving from Victorian period England.
This chaise’s desirability comes from the fact the leather is original and untouched and wonderfully decorative and she proves very comfortable too without the need to re-spring or re-webb. The areas of wear are consistent with how it has been used over almost one hundred and fifty years with some areas still showing the original plum, particularly to the creases, and others worn through to buff. The only unnatural area of wear is a rectangular burn mark to the lower end of the chaise which is visible but doesn’t detract from what is a very attractive piece as a whole. The heavy frame has some light knocks to it but remains stable and sturdy and she moves relatively well on her castors whilst the mahogany is of a good colour throughout.
The chaise lounge enjoys a long history spanning many cultures. It has been a symbol of luxury and comfort from the days of Cleopatra to today. The chaise lounge did not make its way into French living rooms until the 16th century. During its transition from Egypt to France the chaise lounge had evolved a great deal, and had gained a backrest for reclining rather than just single arm rest. The chaise lounge made its way into Britain and America during the 18th century. It became a fashion statement of the rich and famous and was a must-have item in wealthy homes. The popularity of the chaise lounge has snow-balled since this time and is seen in homes throughout the world.