Stock Code: 2231
Description: A superb George II carved mahogany and needlework armchair in the manner of Matthias Lock. The rectangular shaped needlework covered back with serpentine shaped top with needlework arms emanating from a midpoint on the back side rails, moulded and curving down to the front of the seat, itself of tapering rectangular form and covered with needlework.
The front legs of cabriole form with crisply carved acanthus knees, with s-scrolls forming the ears and flowing down to a carved curled toe. The back legs again of cabriole form, with carved s-scroll ears and acanthus carving to the side of the knee, they rake back steeply and terminate in a pad foot.
The needlework of petit-point and gros-point design featuring two scenes, one of warrior maidens and the second of a deer being hunted by a wolf. The design of the needlework follows the lines of the chair closely and it has been suggested that this may in fact be the original needlework. A stunning chair of fabulous quality in terms of carving and textiles, an extremely rare piece.
Further Information: Matthias Lock,(1705-1765) was a designer and maker of his own furniture, and in his later years took inspiration from and also supplied some of the furniture designs from the first edition of Thomas Chippendale's The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, published in 1754. The toe on this piece corresponds to known pieces from this maker including a chair at the V&A museum in London.
Condition: Excellent. Possible minor old restorations, cleaning, waxing. The needlework, now fully conserved and of contemporary age possibly original to the chair.
Country of Origin: England
Origin/Age: English, George II, circa 1750
Provenance: Private collection London, UK.
Maker: In the manner of Matthias Lock
Dimensions: Height 40.50 inches (102.87cm) Width 30.00 inches (76.20cm) Depth 31.00 inches (78.74cm)