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    Sale 7700

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    22 January 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 107

    A PALE GREEN-PAINTED AND PARCEL-GILT MAHOGANY FOUR POSTER BED

    POSSIBLY BY THOMAS CHIPPENDALE, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY, THE CORNICE SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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    A PALE GREEN-PAINTED AND PARCEL-GILT MAHOGANY FOUR POSTER BED
    POSSIBLY BY THOMAS CHIPPENDALE, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY, THE CORNICE SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    The serpentine-shaped and spirally-turned canopy hung with floral painted pelmet, above turned tapering and fluted front posts and square moulded block feet, with a box-spring covered in buttoned blue and white striped ticking, with a handwritten label to cornice '4 POST CHIPPENDALE BED (HEIRLOOM) GREEN ROOM F, the box-spring with manufacturer's label inscribed 'NOSTELL PRIORY WAKEFIELD' and dated '20/11/80', the headboard in two sections, later decorated
    109 in. (277 cm.) high; 82½ in. 6' 10", (210 cm.) wide; 92 in. (233 cm.) long


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    This bed has reeded, antique-fluted and plinth-supported mahogany pillars (now japanned) that were designed by Thomas Chippendale (d. 1779) to harmonise with the George III 'Roman' fashion introduced at Nostell Priory, Yorkshire by the court architect Robert Adam (d. 1792). His related engraved pattern of 1759 featured in Chippendales third edition of The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, 1762 (pl. 90).
    Chippendale supplied another bed japanned in green and gold for Sir Rowland Winn, 5th Bt. (d. 1785) for Nostell Priory, Yorkshire in 1771 and invoiced on 6 May 1771 as 'To A Dome Bedstead with Rich Carv'd Cornices, feet Posts and Sundry other ornaments, Japan'd Green & Gold with shap'd Rail &c on Castors £54.10' (C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, London, 1978, I, p. 191 & II, p. 28). Another bed was supplied by Chippendale that year for £3.6 (loc. cit.) and a pair of 'fluted bedposts 8ft' was listed in 'A List of Furniture for different Apartments', delivered before August 1767 (ibid., p. 181).

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    Provenance

    Supplied to Sir Rowland Winn, 4th Bt. (1706-1765) or his son, Sir Rowland Winn 5th Bt. (1739-1785), Nostell Priory, Yorkshire and by descent at Nostell.


    Saleroom Notice

    The boxspring illustrated in the catalogue illustration is not included in this lot.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF THE LORD ST OSWALD
    REMOVED FROM THE PRIVATE ROOMS, NOSTELL PRIORY, YORKSHIRE