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A metamorphic armchair after the design patented by Morgan & Sanders. Morgan & Saunders held the patent for this design. Regency leather-lined metamorphic Library Steps in the manner of Gillows. Chairs converting to steps were originally developed by Morgan & Sanders. Metamorphic Library Chair produced and patented by Morgan & Sanders.


Some antique dealers, aware of the tenuous connection between Ackermann‟s sketch and a showroom example, take care when they reference Morgan & Sanders. Others, based on a little knowledge and misinformed research, exaggerate their claims. A few have even been known to reference the Gillows Sketch Books and try to attribute a chair by claiming dimensional similarities. The result is that the majority of showroom and catalogue descriptions are inaccurate and there is an urgent need for improvement. Aware of the facts and wary of unfounded assumptions, it is still possible to provide the historical context of the chair and to suggest the most likely source of manufacture without misleading the potential buyer. With this in mind, the following section offers a simple approach to attribution and practical help with the future cataloguing of the Regency period Metamorphic Library Chair.


7.3 Attribution Criteria and the Associated Risks


Following a detailed comparison and analysis of several Regency period Metamorphic Library Chairs, it is now possible to develop a revised set of attribution criteria. While each design element has been thoroughly researched there is always room for improvement and it is hoped that future research will uncover new evidence that can be used to enhance the process. The Regency period Metamorphic Library Chair attribution guidelines are arranged in the order of importance where each attribute has been graded according to its significance in the process. Notes have been added against each stage in the evaluation to provide clarity and to increase the level of confidence in the end result. The process only applies to high-quality chairs. There are many regional and later copies in circulation and these should be quickly discounted due to the quality of construction, the crudeness of the applied decoration or evidence of machine finished components,. Based on the research undertaken the following questions should be answered before attributing any Regency period Metamorphic Library Chair:


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