The romantic, Gothic Revival country house
designs of architect Alexander Jackson Davis at
times included the design of their interiors and
furnishings. Davis dramatically adapted Gothic
motifs, such as pointed arches, quatrefoils and
trefoils into his furniture designs, which were
inspired by the designs in the books of J.. C. Loudon
and A. W.. N. Pugin.
This chair was designed for the library of "Belmead,"
one of Davis finest Gothic Revival mansions, in
Powhatan County, Virginia, circa 1845, for an agronimist,
Philip St.. George Cocke. Cocke served as a Confederate
general and committed suicide at Belmead during
the Civil War.
Davis designed a pointed-arch open back that is
terminated by a foliated finial and pierced by a
quatrefoil. Hexagonal legs and stiles provide
the chair with architectural strength; the stiles
terminate with an acorn finial. The matching side
chair and armchair are in the collection of Mr.. Lee B..
Anderson, and were published in The World
of Interiors, August 1997, page 79.