Georgian style Cockfighting Chair with adjustable reading or gaming surface. Similar to an example in the Victoria and Albert Museum, this “Cockfighting Chair” has a broad yoked armrest with adjustable reading surface. Strongly proportioned legs and well turned stretchers. Because such chairs were shown in illustrations of cockfights, it was thought for a time that they were made for this purpose. More correctly called reading chairs, they were first made in England for libraries in the early 18th century. Provenance: Richard Kazarian Antiques, Boston.
Height: 34 in. (86.36 cm)
Width: 30 in. (76.2 cm)
Depth: 30 in. (76.2 cm)
Seat Height: 19 in. (48.26 cm)
Style: Georgian (In the Style Of)
Materials and Techniques: Mahogany
Place of Origin: England
Date of Manufacture: 1900
Wear consistent with age and use. Chair glued and stable. Minor restoration. Sound and usable. Leather is worn and stained, yet intact, though could do with re-upholstery.