METAMORPHIC CHAIR/LIBRARY STEPS. Metamorphic library steps are a type of archaic dual-use furniture, consisting of a small folding staircase that can be transformed into another useful piece of furniture, in this case a chair. This piece has a curved back crest rail, horizontal splat and panel seat, and converts to a four step ladder. Circa 1900, probably refinished in the recent past, it is from a private home in Brooklyn and was passed done in the family.  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 specialized 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.
  This fine antique is solid walnut, with all original hinges and hardware and is in extremely fine condition. 35" H X 17" W X 18" D.  Price $350.00

Item # 4606
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