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  • Place of origin:

    london (designed)

  • Date:

    1740-1765 (designed)
    ca.1769-ca.1797 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lock, Matthias Sr (designer)
    Lock, Matthias the Younger (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and wash on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This design came to the museum in an album of designs entitled Original Designs by Matts Lock, Carver 1740 - 1765. Most designs are associated with the well-known Rococo designer and carver Matthias Lock, but the album includes a number of designs which should probably be associated with a later Matthias Lock, recorded at Clerkenwell Green in 1788-1797, who is probably his son. These include neo-classical mirror designs, and designs for foliate ornament. In 1769, a Matthias Lock published A New Book of Foliage for the Instruction of Young Artists and A New Book of Pier Frame’s, Oval’s, Gerandole’s, Tables, &c, all in the neo-classical style. This is presumably also the son. The neo-classical style and presentation of this chair design closely match the neo-classical mirror designs which have been attributed to the younger Lock. It is therefore possible that this chair design also belongs to the son. The album was bought from a descendant, probably his grandson, George Lock, and had been exhibited by him at the International Exhibition held at South Kensington in 1862.

Physical description

Two designs for upholstered chairs shown within one chair design divided into two halves. In neo-classical style, the woodwork is shaded yellow, suggesting gilding, and the upholstery is shaded pale green. Both designs have an oval back and seat. The left hand design has an arm curving directly out of the back woodwork, with the side of the arm upholstered and a small upoholstered arm rest. The base of the arm curves directly into the leg. The woodowrk has beeded edging, with a ribbon garland decoration. Acanthus leaves curve along the arm and down over the leg. This stands on a tapered foot. The right hand design has an overlapping leaf pattern to the woodwork with the back connected to the seat by a grooved vertical. The leg is turned with a tapered foot and a leaf capital which joins the seat in a rosette motif.

Place of Origin

london (designed)


1740-1765 (designed)
ca.1769-ca.1797 (designed)


Lock, Matthias Sr (designer)
Lock, Matthias the Younger (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and wash on paper


Height: 257 mm, Width: 184 mm

Object history note

Drawing this design in two halves allowed Lock to show the designs for both chair types within a dining suite, whilst economising space within the one design.

Descriptive line

Two designs for neo-classical chairs, in two halves of the same design, in pen, ink and yellow and green wash on paper, from an album by Matthias Lock.


Pen; Paper



Subjects depicted



Designs; Furniture

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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