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Matthias Lock


Matthias Lock is recorded as one of a number of joiners and carvers bearing the same name and probably members of the same family which appears to span three generations. He was described by a pupil, and fellow designer and carver, Thomas Johnson, as 'the famous Matthias Lock, the most excellent carver, and reputed to be the best ornament draughts-man in Europe'. In 1744 he published ‘Six Designs for Sconces’ and, in 1746, ‘Six designs for Tables’. Christopher Gilbert is surely correct in remarking that his rococo work influenced Thomas Chippendale’s designs, whose ‘Gentleman & Cabinet-Makers Directory’ was first published in 1754,