M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
GEORGE III MAHOGANY COCKPEN OPEN ARMCHAIR
The square back with open latticework over a trapezoidal slip seat
and two out-slanting latticework arms,
raised on 4 square chamfered legs connected by stretchers; the slip
early if not original finish with good patination; excellent
This type of latticework appears frequently in “fenced garden
painted on the Chinese export porcelains
imported into Great Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries.
It was copied onto English porcelains, and possibly
transposed into English furniture as well.
Although there are
several references regarding “Cockpen chairs”,
the most often
accepted refers to the pew backs at the Cockpen Church in
(part of the Dalhousie Estate).
The family pew
of the Earls and Marquesses in Cockpen Church formerly contained
examples in this manner.
A more intricately designed latticework
chair was produced by Thomas Chippendale,
and became known as the
'Chinese Chippendale' style.
Chippendale’s 1762 Director includes several plates depicting the chair style,
and 2 pages of
Blind and open “fretwork” throughout the mid-18th century repeats this pattern of asymmetrical intersecting lines.
Although the “Cockpen chair” thrived in Scotland during the second
half of the 18th century,
the term “cockpen” appears not to have
been used during this period.
38.5” High x 29” Wide x 23.5” Deep
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