A Mahogany Regency Period Sarcophagus Ottoman c.1810-15

Origin: English
Period: Regency
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1810-15
Height: 18”
Width: 36”
Depth: 17.5”

The scarce Regency period ottoman, of beautifully proportioned sarcophagus form, standing on four mahogany lion’s paw feet of wonderful patination and quality to concealed brass castors, the carcass being untouched and the needlepoint upholstery being tired though original, the lid opening to reveal the original linen vacant interior, and the whole surviving from the first quarter of nineteenth century England.

The ottoman is sturdy and stable and there is no worm or major damages. She stands well and though the upholstery original, it is shot so would benefit from re-upholstering which we can do for you at cost, with a fabric of your choosing, if so desired. The feet are glorious and stable with the original concealed castors remaining and running freely. There is a Frasers of Ipswich paper depository label to the underside.

The influences on Regency design and taste were legion; from Sheraton’s neoclassicism, Henry Holland’s Anglo-French taste, the Greek revival of Thomas Hope, and the Chinoiserie favoured by the Prince Regent, to an interest in the Gothic, Old English and rustic. The Regency attitude to interior decoration often involved treating each room as a unit with individual furnishings and wall decorations in harmony of theme or colour scheme.

Regency at its strutting best and as original country house as they come.