Antique English Victorian Mahogany & Tan Brown Leather Deep Buttoned Reading Armchair (Circa 1850)


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Object Description

Here is a fine example of a top-quality antique English Victorian mahogany tan leather reading armchair, circa 1850, which has been newly upholstered and is in excellent condition.

• Item: Reading Armchair
• Circa: 1850
• Period: Mid Victorian
• Provenance: England, UK
• Wood: Solid mahogany
• Reclining design
• Moulded frame
• Serpentine seat design
• Scroll arms
• Carved cabriole legs
• Splayed legs to rear
• Deep buttoned upholstery
• Newly upholstered in full-grain tan leather
• Incorporates the original horsehair fillings
• Sprung seat
• Original porcelain mug castors
• Lovel colour & patination to frame
• Extremely comfortable
• Excellent condition
• Free delivery to England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• Free 14-day UK returns policy

Here is a fine example of a top-quality antique English Victorian mahogany & tan leather reading armchair, circa 1850, which has been newly upholstered and is in excellent condition. The chair has been newly upholstered to a professional standard in top quality full grain tan brown leather; incorporating the original horsehair fillings and showing exceptional craftsmanship with the deep button upholstery to the back and arms. The leather is finished with hand-tacked antique brass studs to the perimeter of the upholstery and traditional hessian backing to the underside. The armchair boasts a top-quality moulded mahogany frame, with a reclining back, scrolled carved arms set above a serpentine moulded front rail on carved cabriole legs to the front and splayed legs to the rear. The chair retains its original brass and porcelain mug castors. The quality of the timber and carvings to this chair frame is second to none compared to similar chairs on the market today. This chair is extremely comfortable, has a fantastic original colour and is in excellent condition.

This item would look superb in a variety of rooms from the bedroom, living room or hallway. This item would certainly grace any home and is a great investment as it is extremely functional. The armchair features a rich brown mahogany colour. It has a fantastic colour and patination; this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received.

External Height = 90cm or 35½” or 2ft 11½”
External Width = 69cm or 27⅛” or 2ft 3⅛”
External Depth = 82cm or 32¼” or 2ft 8 ¼”
Seat Height = 41.5cm or 16⅜” or 1ft 4⅜”
Seat Width = 43cm or 17” or 1ft 5”
Seat Depth = 55.5cm or 21⅞” or 1ft 9⅞”
Arm Height = 58.5cm or 23” or 1ft 11”

Free UK Delivery*:
We offer free delivery to mainland England, Wales, and Southern Scotland (anywhere south of Stirling). *We do not offer free delivery to locations north of Stirling in Scotland, Northern Ireland, or any British Islands off the mainland; for example, the Isle of Man, Isle of White and Channel Islands. If you live in one of the areas where we do not offer free delivery, please contact us for a delivery quote before purchasing the item. Delivery will be made by our specialised antique furniture delivery service, or in some cases we will use a courier service for distant deliveries.

Delivery times are usually 1-4 weeks depending on location; we aim to deliver the majority of items within 2 weeks. All items are professionally packaged and fully insured in transit, therefore, we can assure you, your items will be securely protected in transit and arrive safely with you.

Once you have purchased an item, we will contact you by email and/or telephone and provide you with a provisional delivery date, in order for you to confirm if it is suitable for you. Once you have confirmed you can accept delivery on the provisional delivery date, we will book the delivery in with our shippers and it then becomes a confirmed delivery date.

We will also provide you with our shippers’ contact details, in case you need to contact the driver on the day of delivery. It’s helpful if you can provide us with both the landline and mobile telephone number, in case the driver cannot reach you on one of the numbers on the day of delivery, they can contact you on your alternative number.

In order to be able to offer you free delivery, it is based on a 1-man delivery only. For any large items that require 2 people to lift the item, we ask that you are available at the time of delivery to be able to give our shipper a lift off the van and into your house with the item. If you are not able to lift items yourself, we ask that you have someone on hand at the time of delivery to assist our shipper with lifting the item.

Free 14 Days UK Returns & Refunds:
A free 14-day “no quibble” returns policy (from the date you receive the item) is available if you are not happy with this item. We will collect the item free of charge from you (we do not charge a return fee / collection fee). You will be given a full refund as long as the item is returned in the same condition. We will collect returns using our own specialist furniture delivery company. We will not accept returns via a courier service (due to experience of damaged items in transit). This refund policy only applies to deliveries to the UK.

UK Buyer Payment:
For UK buyers, we accept cash on collection or delivery; cheque, credit card, BACS (free bank to bank transfer) or PayPal. Payment is requested within 5 days of the sale. Payment must be cleared before the items are collected or delivered.

International Buyers:
If you live outside the UK and you would like to purchase this item, please contact us before purchasing it, so that we can obtain an accurate shipping quote and delivery lead-time. The shipping quote provided is a global estimate only. The actual shipping cost will vary by country and postcode. Due to the distances and costs involved with shipping outside the UK, a returns policy is therefore not available for international buyers. Before placing your order(s) please make sure this is the item for you. We request payment by bank transfer (we do not accept payment via PayPal, credit or debit cards for international purchases). Payment is requested within 10 days of the purchase. Payment must be cleared before the items are collected or delivered to our shippers. The advertised price of the item does not include the shipping cost, sales tax, import duty or custom fees.

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About the Seller:
This item is being sold by Yola Gray Antiques who is an accredited member of LAPADA (the UK’s largest Trade Association of Professional Art and Antique Dealers) and CINOA. CINOA is the world association of Art & Antique dealer associations. All LAPADA & CINOA members abide by their strict code of practice by adhering to reputable standards of quality, expertise and integrity.

Yola Gray has dealt in fine art and antique furniture for over 40 years. Yola Gray has a special interest in Colonial furniture, specifically Colonial Four Poster Beds. Yola Gray also provides a variety of fine English Antique Furniture, Art and Fabrics to clients in the UK, Europe and further afield.

Please visit the Yola Gray website at for further items and information.

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Object Condition

This armchair is in excellent overall condition. The chair has been newly upholstered to a professional standard with top quality full grain tan leather; therefore, the leather is in excellent condition and is free from any holes, damage or rips. The underside of the seat is finished with traditional hessian backing. The arms, frame and seat are completely solid and show no signs of movement. Nominal old use marks to the leading edges of the mahogany frame. The mahogany frame has been French polished by hand in our workshop to revive the wonderful colour and patination of the timer. The chair sits on its original mug castors. This chair is solid in joint and ready to use.

Object Details

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Dealer Contact

+44 (0)1829 458 070
+44 (0)7960 738 212

Dealer Location

Unit 4
Organsdale Farm
United Kingdom

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