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George II Mahogany Writing Table- Price Upon Request
A GEORGE II MAHOGANY WRITING TABLE AFTER A DESIGN BY THOMAS CHIPPENDALE AND ATTRIBUTED TO WRIGHT & ELWICK An important and rare mid 18th century Chippendale period carved mahogany writing table after a design by Thomas Chippendale and attributed to Wright & Elwick having a rectangular top with moulded edge above a long frieze drawer applied with blind fret fitted out with compartments and a swivel pen compartment to the side above a recessed central door with a single fixed shelf behind and flanked by doors with blind fretted gothic trellis and carved pilasters revealing two drawers each side retaining the original brass handles; on a gadrooned moulded base terminating in waisted gothic carved legs with pierced cabochon to front and sides. Note: This writing table belongs to a group of similar pieces inspired by Thomas Chippendale's first edition of the Director. One such table is in the Noel Terry Collection in York. The attribution to the Wakefield company of Wright & Elwick is based on their idiosyncratic carving of the legs and the pilasters either side of the doors. As subscribers to Chippendale's Director they had first access to his designs and often used them for their commissions with their very own carved adaptations. English, circa 1755 Height: 31 ½ in; 80 cm Width: 53 ¼ in; 135.5 cm Depth: 24 ¾ in; 63 cm Provenance: Ronald Lee Ltd. London; Mallett & Sons Ltd. London. Literature: Thomas Chippendale, The Gentleman and Cabinet-maker's Director, London 1754, pl. LII. Peter Brown, The Noel Terry Collection of Furniture and Clocks, York 1987, pp. 106/7.
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