A George III Gilt-Wood Side-Table Attributed to Matthias Lock

Height: 32” 81 cm
Width: 38 ½” 98 cm
Depth: 22” 56 cm
Origination: English
Circa: 1745

The associated red and grey marble top above a carved and pierced foliate frieze centred by a C-scroll cartouche, on similarly carved cabriole legs and rocaille feet.


Designed in the French ‘Picturesque’ manner, with acanthus entwined C-scrolls and floral garlands, this table is inspired by patterns for tables by Matthias Lock, in particular plate 5, as published in Six Tables (1746).  Along with his other publications, these designs epitomise the advanced early Rococo style of English furniture, some ten years before Chippendale’s first edition


  1. Heckscher, ‘Lock and Copland: A Catalogue of the Engraved Ornament’, Furniture History, vol. 15, 1979, plate 9


Lock, of Long Acre, London, was one of the outstanding carvers and designers in the rococo style, and was acclaimed by the upholder James Cullen as ‘reputed the best draftsman in that way that had ever been in England’. The first of his several published works was issued in 1740, he collaborated with Henry Copland in 1752, and then apparently worked in some form of partnership with Thomas Chippendale. Many of Lock’s designs, including furniture for Earl Paulet at Hinton House, Dorset, are preserved in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and in the Metropolitan Museum, New York.



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