• The Country House Sale - Newto auction at Christies

    Sale 5984

    The Country House Sale - Newton Hall

    20 January 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 295

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY PRESS CUPBOARD

    CIRCA 1765, IN THE MANNER OF THOMAS CHIPPENDALE

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY PRESS CUPBOARD
    CIRCA 1765, IN THE MANNER OF THOMAS CHIPPENDALE
    The dentil moulded broken triangular pediment centred by a plinth above a pair of cut-cornered, panelled doors with fretted brass escutcheons, originally enclosing five trays and a shelf, now missing, above two short and one long drawer with part beech and oak linings on shaped bracket feet with laminated blocks, the underside with red wash and several redundant nails, raised brass escutcheons, the handles original, the centre platform of the plinth replaced
    89 in. (226 cm.) high; 54 in. (137 cm.) wide; 27 in (69 cm.) deep


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    The clothes-press/wardrobe, with vase-plinth incorporated in its hollow-scalloped Tuscan temple pediment, is designed in the Roman manner popularised by Thomas Chippendale's Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Directors, 1754-62. In particular its silken-figured mahogany tablets are reed-banded with hollowed corners in the manner featured on one of his 1760 dressing-table patterns (see Cippendale, ibid, 3rd ed., 1762, pls. LXXVII and LXVII). Chippendale also introduced the later on a clothes-press, with similarly scalloped feet, that he provided in 1766 for Nostell Priory, Yorkshire; while another supplied there the following year featured a similar pediment (see C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, 1978, fig. 244). The brass escutcheon, with lozenge fretted compartment, relates closely to mid-18th century Birmingham metal patterns (see T.R. Crom, An Eighteenth century English Brass Hardware Catalogue, Florida, 1994, p. 67).

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    Literature

    Inventory and Valuation of the contents of Newton Hall, Felton, Morpeth, Northumberland, The Property of Brigadier General B. F. Widdrington, C.M.G., D.S.O., 1925, p. 48.