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    Sale 7418

    Furniture and Sculpture including the Property of a Roman Collector

    13 September 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 1235

    A GEORGE III SABICU AND KINGWOOD DRESSING-TABLE

    ATTRIBUTED TO WRIGHT & ELWICK, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

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    A GEORGE III SABICU AND KINGWOOD DRESSING-TABLE
    ATTRIBUTED TO WRIGHT & ELWICK, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    The rectangular top with crossbanded panels and edge above a central frieze drawer above a recessed pair of concave-doors, with three short drawers on either side, the hardwood-lined drawers with later handles, the sides with brass carrying handles, on square legs with arched spandrels at the angles, on brass castors, the drawers numbered in ink and pencil, restorations and replacements to the mouldings
    30¼ in. (77 cm.) high; 40 in. (102 cm.) wide; 21¼ in. (54 cm.) deep


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    A related dressing-table previously at Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorkshire and now in a private collection shares many of the distinctive common traits of Wright and Elwick - the Wentworth cabinet-maker. Both have bowfront doors below a frieze drawer and carrying-handles at the sides and both have the same pattern of heart-shaped handles. The choice of exotic timber is also characteristic of them. Elwick is known to have had oriental connections and even supplied 'India' (i.e. Chinese) paper to Wentworth Woodhouse. For a full discussion of The Wentworth cabinet-maker, see the introduction to lot 33, Edward Lennox-Boyd, Wentworth sale catalogue, Christie's, London, 8 July 1998.

    This dressing-table is reputably from Denton Hall, seat of Sir John Ibbetson, Bt., a house only four miles from Otley, the birthplace of Thomas Chippendale (d. 1779). Payments to Chippendale amounting to £551 are recorded for the new house at Denton, built by John Carr of York and completed in 1778 (C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, vol. I., London, 1978, p. 286-7). Ibbetson may have been moved to employ Chippendale in the spirit of local pride, and presumably his architect, John Carr may also have steered Ibbetson toward Wright and Elwick, another Yorkshire firm of cabinet-makers.

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    Provenance

    By repute, Denton Hall, Yorkshire.
    Offered anonymously, Bonhams, London, 1 July 2003, lot 115.