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Georgian Cockfighting Chair

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Item Details

  • Width:
    22 1/4 Inches
  • Height:
    31 3/4 Inches
  • Depth:
    21 1/2 Inches
  • Period:
    18th Century
A handsome and rare Georgian-style cockfighting chair, expertly crafted of mahogany. With its high, wide back that slims at the seat, the chair is constructed so that the spectator sits in the chair backwards and observes the action. Also called a reading or straddle chair, this unique piece is upholstered in soft, dark red leather, and is accented with round head nail borders and reeded front legs. Sabre legs in the back provide additional stability. Cockfighting chairs are among the rarest of all Georgian furniture. To find one in such excellent condition is truly exceptional.

Cockfighting was arguably the Georgian period's most widespread sport. The pastime ranged across the social classes, and cockpits were in general a hurly-burley place where all social classes mingled amid frenzied betting and fevered matches. Though every town of any size boasted a cockpit, country gentlemen were known to hold matches in their drawing rooms. This pastime was a common enough practice to prompt furniture makers to offer chairs made especially for the sport.

Circa 1850

22 1/4" wide x 21 1/2" deep x 31 3/4" high

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