See more objects with the tag leisure, reading, leather, armchair.

See more objects with the color black darkolivegreen or see all the colors for this object.

Object Timeline


  • We acquired this object.







  • You found it!

Reading Chair (England)

This is a Reading Chair. We acquired it in 1960. Its medium is turned and joined walnut, leather, brass, tin. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Much like cricket fighting, cockfighting is a blood sport between two gamecocks held in a ring. While this chair was intended as a specific piece of furniture dedicated to reading, it also became known as a cockfight chair, likely due to its capability for the user to safely sit with the padded back shielding them from the violence of the fight.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled Cockfight chair.

This object was donated by Mrs. Paul Moore.

Cite this object as

Reading Chair (England); turned and joined walnut, leather, brass, tin; 1960-164-16-a/c

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions The Virtue in Vice and IDEO Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection.

This object may be subject to Copyright or other restrictions.

You are welcome to make fair use of this image under U.S. Copyright law and in compliance with our terms of use. Please note that you are responsible for determining whether your use is fair and for responding to any claims that may arise from your use.

For higher resolution or commercial use contact ArtResource.

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Reading Chair (England) |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=22 April 2019 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>