A Fine pair of George III Mahogany serpentine commodes Attributed to Wright and Elwick (2)

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Lot 192TP
A Fine pair of George III Mahogany serpentine commodes
Attributed to Wright and Elwick

Sold for £ 31,312 (US$ 39,372) inc. premium
A Fine pair of George III Mahogany serpentine commodes
Attributed to Wright and Elwick
The shaped tops above three central graduated bowed drawers, flanked by two cupboard doors with elongated quatrefoil panels each enclosing a shelf above two drawers, all with gilt bronze Rococo handles on plinth bases, 99cm wide x 55cm deep x 82cm high, (38 1/2in wide x 21 1/2in deep x 32in high) (2)

Footnotes

  • The London-trained "Upholders" Richard Wright and Edward Elwick of Wakefield, Yorkshire (fl. 1745-1771), were the most prominent cabinet makers in Yorkshire in the second half of the 18th century with the same levels of patronage within the county that Gillows developed in Lancashire. They were commissioned by the Marquess of Rockingham from the late 1740s. Much of the furniture attributed to Wright & Elwick at Wentworth Woodhouse shares similar traits including but not limited to a close adherence to designs from Chippendale's Director of both 1754 and 1762.

    Provenance:
    Christie's New York, 11 June 2010, 500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Oriental Carpets and Including Sculpture from the Collection of Michael Hall lot 429 where they sold for $40,000.

    Previously reputedly owned by American socialite, Barbara Woolworth Hutton (the only daughter of Franklyn Laws Hutton, co-founder of E. F. Hutton & Company and the granddaughter to Frank W. Woolworth) and then acquired by Carlton Hobbs, New York, in 1996

    The above lot is very similar to one formerly at Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorkshire and sold by Christie's at Spencer House, London on 15 July 1948, lot 110. Although lot 110 was not illustrated in the 1948 catalogue it can be seen in the photograph of the Great Room at Spencer House taken in July 1948 when it was used at Christie's saleroom which was published in Christie's second Wentworth sale catalogue on 8th July 1998 (page 111) This commode was then probably sold at Bonhams, Los Angeles, 4 March, Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts, lot 1200.
    Another comparable commode made in Sabicu from Wentworth was sold by Christie's, 8th July 1998 Wentworth sale, lot 69 which sold for £29,000.

    A similar near pair of commodes attributed to Wright and Elwick sold at Christie's, London, The Collector: English Furniture, Clocks & Works of Art, 15 November 2017, lot 70

    Literature: For a variation of this commode, see Percy Macquoid, A History of English Furniture: The Age of Mahogany, London, 1906, fig. 135 for one at Nostell Priory, Wakefield, Yorkshire.
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A Fine pair of George III Mahogany serpentine commodes Attributed to Wright and Elwick (2)
A Fine pair of George III Mahogany serpentine commodes Attributed to Wright and Elwick (2)
A Fine pair of George III Mahogany serpentine commodes Attributed to Wright and Elwick (2)
A Fine pair of George III Mahogany serpentine commodes Attributed to Wright and Elwick (2)
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