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Fittings – Details of the brass fittings on the marked Gillows chair are unknown. The Tatton Park chair uses a lever-operated latch, but the Mallett chair relies on gravity to keep the two halves of the closed chair together. There are also differences in the style of the hinges used on the Tatton Park chair and those used on the chair retailed by Mallett Antiques. The hinges on the Tatton Park chair are of a traditional flat-plate, knuckle and hinge pin design. Those used on the Mallett chair are more elaborate in keeping with the overall design and construction of the chair.


Maker’s Marks – The stamped initials „T.G‟ were discovered on the back-rail of the Mallett Antiques‟ chair. Journeymen working for Gillows often stamped their finished pieces to provide an audit trail of their work and to ensure that they were rewarded for their output. In her latest book on Gillows, Susan Stuart has included the names and marks of several known journeymen who worked for Gillows at this time (Stuart, 2008, pp. 204-302, vol. II). A match between the stamped initials and the cipher of a known journeyman working for Gillows during the second decade of the nineteenth century could help to verify Mallett‟s claims that the chair was manufactured by Gillows. The identity of the journeyman is covered in Chapter 7.


Summary


The only Metamorphic Library Chair known to be marked „GILLOWS·LANCASTER‟ that has been identified for the dissertation was sold by Christies‟ in 1998. Nevertheless, by combining the evidence contained in the Gillows Sketch Books with known Gillows preferences and details collected during a series of on-site studies, it has been possible to identify the design characteristics that would be typical of a Gillows Library Step Chair at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Based on the initial comparisons it appears that the chairs at Tatton Park and Mallett Antiques have little in common with the Gillows Sketch Book entries, the marked example or the typical output of the firm during the second decade of the nineteenth century.


The results of the Gillows research will now be combined with those of Morgan & Sanders to undertake a full comparative analysis of the chairs made by both firms. Using all of the data collected, together with the additional insight gained through a broader comparison of the design features it should be possible to develop a more robust method for the attribution of Regency period Metamorphic Library Chairs.


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