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"Cockfight chair" Reading Chair, ca. 1720–30

This is a Reading Chair. It is dated ca. 1720–30 and 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. It is credited Gift of Mrs. Paul Moore.

Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (Book rest and parts not extended): 92.2 x 77.5 x 72 cm (36 5/16 x 30 1/2 x 28 3/8 in.) Open (chair with book rest, candlestick and tray in arm extended): 106 x 95 x 96 cm (41 3/4 x 37 3/8 x 37 13/16 in.)

Cite this object as

"Cockfight chair" Reading Chair, ca. 1720–30; England; turned and joined walnut, leather, brass, tin; H x W x D (Book rest and parts not extended): 92.2 x 77.5 x 72 cm (36 5/16 x 30 1/2 x 28 3/8 in.) Open (chair with book rest, candlestick and tray in arm extended): 106 x 95 x 96 cm (41 3/4 x 37 3/8 x 37 13/16 in.); Gift of Mrs. Paul Moore; 1960-164-16-a/c

In addition to The Virtue in Vice, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibition IDEO Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection.

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