A set of six late 19th century mahogany and satinwood marquetry open armchairs by Wright and Mansfield in the Sheraton style
Lot 110
A set of six late 19th century mahogany and satinwood marquetry open armchairs by Wright and Mansfield in the Sheraton style
Sold for £3,500 (US$ 5,882) inc. premium
Lot Details
A set of six late 19th century mahogany and satinwood marquetry open armchairs by Wright and Mansfield
in the Sheraton style
The oval padded and fluted backs inlaid with fan paterae above outswept moulded arms and padded serpentine seats on fluted and fan inlaid seatrails on stiff leaf carved turned tapering fluted legs and spool feet, some retaining original labels to the underside, 'WRIGHT AND MANSFIELD, 104 NEW BOND STREET, W.' and numbered '2314'. (6)

Footnotes

  • During the second half of the 19th century the partnership of Alfred Wright, a cabinet maker and Thomas Mansfield, a decorator became hugely successful. The company were the leading exponents of Adam and Sheraton Revival furniture. The firm exhibited at the International Exhibitions in London, Paris and Philadelphia often winning medals for their furniture. Wright and Mansfield were clearly aware of the marketing opportunities afforded by making 'Exhibition Pieces' and five years later they revealed a satinwood and marquetry cabinet inset with blue and white Wedgewood plaques at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1867 where it was the only piece of furniture to be awarded a gold medal. J.H. Pollen noted that in making this piece Wright and Mansfield '..avoid the production or copy of any foreign period and .. illustrate English art in every respect' . It was eventually purchased by the Victoria and Albert Museum at the reduced price of £800 as a useful teaching object as well as for its exciting use of light satinwood at a time when dark woods such as ebony were in fashion. (Museum no.548-1868) . Nine years later a pair of side tables by Wright and Mansfield were shown at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition of 1876 and illustrated in the Art Journal of the same year, together with a satinwood-veneered and painted sideboard which was described at the time as 'such an objet de luxe as was hardly surpassed of its sort at the Exhibition' . By the late 1880's this successful partnership had dissolved and the company was forced to sell off its stock in 1886 and 1887. It is not yet clear why they had got into such difficulties, but it seems likely they had spent too much money on their exhibition pieces as well as their authentic 18th century examples of furniture. On June 22, 1876, The Times reported that as well as furniture the sale contained 'some extremely interesting examples of decorative panelling and chimneypieces in carved wood designed by Sir Christopher Wren, ... and a grand architectural chimneypiece and fireplace of the time of Queen Ann, all in carved wood.' In July 1886 the magazine The Cabinet Maker & Art Furnisher, summed up their contribution when it said: 'They must be accounted the leaders of that passing fashion which has happily brought back into our houses many of the charming shapes of the renowned eighteenth century cabinet makers .... the best forms of Chippendale, Hepplewhite and particularly Sheraton have been made to live again under the renovating influence of these able manufacturers' .
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