William Davidson (c1729 – 1773)
Mahogany, beech and pine, modern silk damask covers, 105.8 x 67.9 x 72.3cm, 105.3 x 67.2 x 70cm
Accession Number LL4072
This remarkable chinoiserie chair is from a set of seven (and a much altered sofa) made for Sir John (later Lord) Delaval at Ford Castle, Northumberland. William Davidson was evidently referring to this suite when he wrote from his workshop at Berwick-upon-Tweed to Lady Delaval at Ford in 1766: ‘your 6 Chenise Chairs & fly table shall be sett about and forwarded in dew time. To your desire to have sent you a Pattron Chair…it is wanting 2 Brass Buttons behind.’
The loose backs are indeed held in place by two swivelling brass ‘buttons’ in the form of Chinamen’s masks.