Arts & Crafts William Morris & Co. Sussex Chair (c1880)

Arts & Crafts William Morris & Co. Sussex Chair (c1880)

Code: 10169


W: 48cm (18.9")H: 76cm (29.9")D: 51cm (20.1")

£125.00 Approx $171.94, €146.37


The Morris chair is constructed of stained beech and features its original rush seat, finely turned spindles across the splat and characteristic hanging support stretcher. It has a lovely rich patina acquired over a lifetime of use.

From the V&A museum: 
"This chair was named after a country chair found in Sussex, which inspired the design with the turned frame and rush seat. Similar types of chairs, with imitation bamboo frames and rush seats, were fashionable between 1790 and 1820.

William Morris and his wife, Jane, used Sussex chairs in their first home, Red House, Bexleyheath, Kent, from 1860 and subsequently in their London house, Kelmscott House, Hammersmith. Morris's great friend, the artist Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898) had Sussex armchairs in his studio, as did the sculptor, Alfred Gilbert (1854-1934). Robert Edis recommended this chair as 'excellent, comfortable and artistic' in his influential book, 'Decoration and Furnishing of Town Houses in 1881'."

Condition Report

Structurally sound frame and rush seat. Minor marks and blemishes consistent with age and use. The chair sits quite low at 38cm (the legs may have been cut down in the past), making it more suitable for small adults, children or as a toy display chair (dolls/teddies).