HUGHES (TED) Ted Hughes's writing table, and chair, with high spindle back and saddle seat (2)

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Lot 395
HUGHES (TED)
Ted Hughes's writing table, and chair, with high spindle back and saddle seat (2)

£ 8,000 - 12,000
US$ 10,000 - 15,000
Amended
The Property of Frieda Hughes
HUGHES (TED)
Ted Hughes's writing table, and chair, the "refectory-type" table with triple plank top on end supports united by a stretcher, approximately 1420 x 623mm.; the Victorian elm and ash farmhouse armchair, with high spindle back and saddle seat (2)

Footnotes

  • A rough hewn oak refectory desk, the top extensively covered with black ink stains, used by Ted Hughes as a writing desk. It is reminiscent in "feel" to the elm wood desk (now at the Mortimer Rare Book, Smith College) made for Sylvia Plath when the couple moved to Court Green in 1961, and the starting point for Hughes' Birthday Letters poem 'The Table' ("I wanted to make you a solid writing-table... Rough-cut for coffin timber...").

    Provenance: Ted Hughes; given by him to his daughter Frieda: "this was my father's writing table for many years and he gave it to me with other furniture [i.e. chair] when his study was refurbished".

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  • This lot will be removed to off-site storage after the sale. See page 2 of the catalogue for more details.
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HUGHES (TED) Ted Hughes's writing table, and chair, with high spindle back and saddle seat (2)
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