Antique Victorian Metamorphic Chair Library Steps C1880


Antique Victorian Metamorphic Chair Library Steps C1880

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This is an unusual antique Victorian solid mahogany metamorphic chair or library steps, circa 1870 in date. This is a perfect chair for the kitchen or library as it is both versatile and practical. 

Metamorphic library steps are a type of archaic dual-use furniture, consisting of a small folding staircase that can be transformed into chair. Metamorphic library steps were first built in the mid-18th century for the private libraries and offices of the European nobility or the Bourgeoisie. The number of specialised rooms in the typical manor was increasing, so existing ones, like the library, had to use space more efficiently. Consequently, these rooms often had high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. The topmost shelves were difficult to reach, so movable library steps or library stairs were created as a form of domestic furniture.

Width: 39.0 cm
Height: 88.0 cm
Depth: 68.0 cm

Condition: Used

Wear Condition: Excellent

Date of Manufacture: 1880

Place of Origin: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Period: 19th Century

Style: Antique

Listed by: Tino_8f8a

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SKU: 32068635