ROCKINGHAM CHIPPENDALE SOFA : JANE CHURCHILL FABRIC
British Prime Minister 1765-1766 & 1782
Aristocracy at its finest, the ellegant 18th century inspired Rockingham is a graceful throwback the Chesterfield origins.
Charles Watson-Wentworth, the 2nd Marquee of Rockingham. He served in only two high offices during his lifetime (Prime Minister and Leader of the House of Lords), but was nonetheless very influential during his one and a half years of service. One of Watson-Wentworth’s biggest influences actually came in his second stint at the helm when he oversaw the abolishment of The Relief of the Poor Act 1782. This saw the creation of Unions and Civil Parishes, later officially called ‘unions under Gilbert’s Act’, to provide outdoor relief and set up workhouses.
We like to think that our camel back Rockingham sofa metaphorically encaptures the ups and downs of his leadership. However, of course, it has to be said that there’s an awful lot of inspiration drawn from the hugely talented Thomes Chippendale in this piece too.
This piece finished in a wonderful Jane Churchill with contrasting studs creating a very unique piece indeed!