George III Mahogany Writing Cabinet Attributed to Wright & Elwick
George III Mahogany Writing Cabinet Attributed to Wright & Elwick
George III Mahogany Writing Cabinet Attributed to Wright & Elwick
George III Mahogany Writing Cabinet Attributed to Wright & Elwick
George III Mahogany Writing Cabinet Attributed to Wright & Elwick
George III Mahogany Writing Cabinet Attributed to Wright & Elwick

WRIGHT & ELWICK (born 1726)

George III Mahogany Writing Cabinet Attributed to Wright & Elwick

c. 1760 England

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A George III carved mahogany writing cabinet attributed to Wright and Elwick,
the upper section with rectangular ogee moulded cornice flanked by acanthus carved scrolling brackets above a rectangular mirrored door with gilt leaf carved slip enclosing two adjustable shelves, above a drawer flanked by seven short graduated drawers to each side, the lower part with rectangular moulded top above a central drawer enclosing a baize lined slides, above a kneehole flanked by four short graduated drawers, on a moulded plinth base.

This cabinet is based on a design taken from Thomas Chippendale’s, The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director of 1754, Chippendale re-used the design in his third edition of 1762 (plate CXIV). Titled a ‘Dressing Chest & Bookcase’ it shows a versatility of form and function suited to a gentleman of wealth.

The attribution to the London trained cabinet-makers Richard Wright and Edward Elwick of Wakefield, Yorkshire (fl 1745-1771) is substantiated by two comparable examples, namely a dressing chest and bookcase from Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorkshire sold Christies, London 8 July 2008, lot 70. The firm were commissioned to produce furniture for Wentworth by the Marquess of Rockingham from the late 1740's.

A second example was loaned by Lord St Oswald of Nostell Priory, Yorkshire and exhibited at Temple Newsam House, Leeds in 1951, Thomas Chippendale, Cat. No.26 (illustrated A.Coleridge, Chippendale Furniture, No. 261). Both Wright and Elwick were subscribers to The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, of 1754, Chippendale himself being a Yorkshire man who worked for Sir Rowland Winn of Nostell Priory in 1766 following on from Wright and Elwick, who had been almost certainly employed there before him.

Dimensions
Height 185.00 cm (72.83 inches)
Width 114.00 cm (44.88 inches)
Depth 56.00 cm (22.05 inches)
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