A Georgian mahogany Cockpen open armchair in the Chinese Chippendale taste.
English, George III period – mid 18th century – circa 1760.
Of good colour and patination. Unusually with a slightly bowed top rail. Castors and lovely upholstery later.
Sturdy in the joints and in excellent condition throughout.
Christopher Gilbert ‘The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale’ p. 101, fig. 167.
Ralph Edwards CBE FSA in ‘A Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture’, p. 150, ill. 132, documents a similar armchair dated circa 1765.
‘English furniture’ by Thomas Arthur Strange, pp. 133, 156 & 157.
Thomas Chippendale ‘Director’, ill. XXVI.
Percy Macquoid, ‘A History of English Furniture, The Age of Mahogany’, London (1908) ill. 682.
Ralph Edwards CBE FSA ‘Georgian Cabinet-Makers’, London (1955) p. 136, fig. 88.
Sebastian Pryke ‘Cockpen Quest’ Country Life, 29th April, 1993.
Sebastian Pryke ‘The 18th Century Furniture Trade in Edinburgh’ [sic].
Named after pew chairs with a Chinese lattice design in the Cockpen Church, Cockpen, Midlothian, Scotland, cockpen chairs were originally made for the aristocratic Dalhousie family, circa 1775.
The master cabinet-maker Thomas Chippendale provided chairs of this form for Normanton Park, Rutland, and also Harewood House, West Yorkshire.