Pair of Chinese Chippendale Period Cockpen Open Armchairs with Carved and Painted Faux Bamboo Decoration, each with a box cushion above a framed caned seat. English, c. 1765. These bamboo patterned chairs exemplify the fashion for furniture designed in the Chinese manner popular after 1750. In 1767 John Linnell supplied '10 neat bamboo chairs with loose seats of a similar design to William Drake at Shardelores (see H. Hayward & P. Kirkham, William & John Linnell, 1988 vol.1 p.101 & vol.2 fig.58. Thomas Chippendale supplied "6 India back and Armchairs japand to imitate Bamboo' for Sir Gilbert Heathcote in 1768(C. Gilbert, The Life & Works of Thomas Chippendale, 1978, vol.1 pp249-250, Chippendale considered Chinese chair patters'very proper for a Lady's Dressing Room, especially if hung with India paper...theyhave commonly cane-bottoms, with loose cushions'.Similar to a set of 36 chairs made in 1802 by Edward, Marsh & Tatum for the small banqueting room at the Royal Brighton Pavilion, originally covered in red Morocco leather, see p.83, illus.46 The Georgian Period, Jourdain.
The term "Cockpen" derives from the presence of chairs of this model in the Laird's Private Pew in the Church of Cockpen, near Dalhousie Castle, Dalkeith, Scotland.