Show me:
and
Clear all filters

  • 25 items Explore
  • 38 items
  • 25 items Explore
  • 48 items
  • 92 items
  • 3,443 items Explore
  • 92 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 4 items
  • 42 items
  • 10,765 items Explore
  • 209 items Explore
  • 1,212 items Explore
  • 8,529 items Explore
  • 4,996 items Explore
  • 72 items Explore
  • 124 items Explore
  • 10,641 items Explore
  • 13,052 items Explore
  • 4,611 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 5 items
  • 146 items Explore
  • 2,067 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 4,725 items Explore
  • 24 items Explore
  • 440 items Explore
  • 19,055 items Explore
  • 34 items Explore
  • 1,869 items Explore
  • 1,109 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 5,557 items Explore
  • 455 items Explore
  • 29 items
  • 945 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 8 items
  • 18,990 items Explore
  • 787 items Explore
  • 19 items
  • 74 items Explore
  • 33 items
  • 800 items
  • 25 items
  • 61 items
  • 28 items
  • 303 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 44 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 2 items
  • 148 items
  • 2 items
  • 2 items
  • 121 items Explore
  • 119 items
  • 1,022 items Explore
  • 811 items
  • 95 items
  • 27 items
  • 6 items
  • 1 items
  • 25,727 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,596 items Explore
  • 1,528 items Explore
  • 403 items
  • 160 items Explore
  • 9,497 items Explore
  • 9,673 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1 items
  • 39 items
  • 3 items
  • 2 items
  • 4 items
  • 6,061 items Explore
  • 5,638 items Explore
  • 4,052 items Explore
  • 1,263 items Explore
  • 927 items Explore
  • 3,479 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 312 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 3,330 items Explore
  • 20 items Explore
  • 336 items Explore
  • 789 items Explore
  • 1,062 items Explore
  • 511 items Explore
  • 1,101 items Explore
  • 1,138 items
  • 89 items
  • 126 items Explore
  • 6,962 items Explore
  • 163 items
  • 311 items
  • 7 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 27 items
  • 61 items
  • 300 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 3,040 items Explore
  • 1,485 items Explore
  • 80 items
  • 43 items
  • 19,123 items Explore
  • 1,186 items Explore
  • 138 items
  • 838 items Explore
  • 32 items
  • 1 items
  • 145 items Explore
  • 24 items
  • 22 items
  • 252 items
  • 314 items
  • 842 items Explore
  • 1,897 items
  • 304 items Explore
  • 2,396 items
  • 2,533 items
  • 6 items
  • 2 items
  • 3 items
  • 4,381 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 32,056 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,309 items Explore
  • 273 items Explore
  • 7,967 items Explore
  • 31 items
  • 25 items
  • 713 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 65 items
  • 158 items
  • 52 items
  • 20,560 items Explore
  • 907 items
  • 18 items
  • 21,623 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 2,335 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1,051 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 59 items
  • 499 items
  • 3,288 items Explore
  • 107 items
  • 2 items
  • 453 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 21 items
  • 90 items Explore
  • 76 items
  • 289 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 6 items
  • 131 items
  • 293 items
  • 852 items
  • 726 items
  • 1 items
  • 368 items Explore
  • 273 items Explore
  • 11,308 items Explore
  • 760 items Explore
  • 6,266 items Explore
  • 18 items
  • 6,112 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1 items
  • 5,323 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 3,725 items Explore
  • 9,178 items Explore
  • 7,273 items Explore
  • 201 items
  • 19 items
  • 142 items
  • 7 items
  • 1,000 items Explore
  • 18 items
  • 4,154 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 4 items
  • 1,096 items Explore
  • 224 items
  • 1 items
  • 3,487 items Explore
  • 20 items
  • 695 items Explore
  • 19 items
  • 134 items
  • 3,481 items Explore
  • 13,463 items Explore
  • 2,720 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 8 items
  • 9,299 items Explore
  • 37 items
  • 2 items
  • 21,342 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 38 items
  • 13,109 items Explore
  • 3,309 items Explore
  • 2,129 items Explore
  • 163 items
  • 38,364 items Explore
  • 635 items Explore
  • 415 items
  • 23,275 items Explore
  • 218 items
  • 3 items
  • 1 items
  • 20 items
  • 30 items
  • 131 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 217 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 13,610 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 10,261 items
  • 9 items
  • 10 items
  • 14 items
  • 25 items
  • 4,531 items Explore
  • 918 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 220 items
  • 690 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 42 items
  • 2,281 items Explore
  • 1,652 items Explore
  • 15 items
  • 1,919 items Explore
  • 146 items
  • 83 items
  • 773 items Explore
  • 3,098 items Explore
  • 38 items
  • 22 items
  • 12 items
  • 10,345 items Explore
  • 22,340 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1,375 items
  • 180 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 8 items
  • 92 items
  • 10,357 items Explore
  • 3,571 items Explore
  • 2,633 items Explore
  • 4,752 items Explore
  • 23 items
  • 59 items
  • 6,886 items Explore
  • 4,025 items Explore
  • 438 items Explore
  • 2,280 items Explore
  • 2,453 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 1,711 items Explore
  • 43 items
  • 223 items Explore
  • 448 items Explore
  • 5,882 items Explore
  • 8,880 items Explore
  • 1,853 items Explore
  • 5,138 items Explore
  • 3,336 items Explore
  • 10,032 items Explore
  • 86 items
  • 11 items
  • 2,586 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 24 items
  • 51 items
  • 1 items
  • 2,163 items Explore
  • 620 items Explore
  • 62 items
  • 17 items
  • 151 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 88 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 464 items
  • 997 items
  • 3,607 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 9,401 items Explore
  • 47 items Explore
  • 11 items
  • 42 items
  • 3 items
  • 13,700 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 1,200 items Explore
  • 92 items
  • 10,546 items Explore
  • 900 items Explore
  • 2,015 items
  • 5,980 items Explore
  • 21 items
  • 12,754 items Explore
  • 1,387 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 9,569 items Explore
  • 16,108 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1,681 items Explore
  • 175 items
  • 57 items
  • 5,740 items Explore
  • 8,021 items Explore
  • 48 items
  • 25 items
  • 2 items
  • 59 items
  • 7,326 items Explore
  • 284 items Explore
  • 13 items
  • 4 items
  • 6 items
  • 4 items
  • 104 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 5 items
  • 480 items
  • 183 items Explore
  • 8,324 items Explore
  • 55 items
  • 22,463 items Explore
  • 7,083 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 24 items
  • 1,810 items Explore
  • 339 items
  • 334 items Explore
  • 12,324 items Explore
  • 55 items
  • 20 items
  • 7 items
  • 4 items
  • 325 items Explore
  • 451 items
  • 184 items
  • 3,615 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1,195 items Explore
  • 2,225 items Explore
  • 731 items Explore
  • 21 items
  • 1,088 items Explore
  • 97 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 251 items Explore
  • 70,323 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 2,640 items Explore
  • 2,688 items Explore
  • 29 items
  • 3,286 items Explore
  • 97 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 17,539 items Explore
  • 5,547 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 626 items Explore
  • 85 items
  • 468 items
  • 39 items
  • 84 items
  • 29 items
  • 318 items
  • 3 items
  • 42 items
  • 1,178 items Explore
  • 95 items
  • 815 items
  • 43 items
  • 9,901 items Explore
  • 26 items
  • 17 items
  • 1,170 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 266 items
  • 15,541 items Explore
  • 78 items
  • 17 items
  • 1 items
  • 6 items
  • 6 items
  • 380 items
  • 2 items
  • 626 items Explore
  • 1,643 items Explore
  • 1,032 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 157 items

Select a time period

Or choose a specific year

Clear all filters

Clothes press

Thomas Chippendale (fl. 1766 - 1771 when operating without a business partner)

Date

circa 1765 - 1770

Materials

Cabinet - solid mahogany sides, (later?) deal backboards, brass hinges Sliding trays - oak, marbled paper, metal screws Chest - solid mahogany sides, oak-'lipped' deal dustboards with mahogany-veneered front edge, deal baseboards and (later?) deal backboards, oak drawer stops, red wash Drawers - drawer fronts of mahogany veneered on oak, brass locks, thread escutcheons and handles, one later steel lock, oak linings and runners

Measurements

160 x 123 x 59 cm

Place of origin

St. Martin's Lane

Collection

Erddig, Wrexham (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Not on show

NT 1153320

Summary

A mahogany clothes press, by Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779), circa 1765-70, set into an alcove in a wall in the Library at Erddig, behind the door into the room. Topped by a moulded mahogany cornice above an upper cabinet with solid mahogany sides, grooved on their inner face to take four sliding trays, which are made of oak, lined with marbled paper and fixed with screws. The backboards of (later?) deal. The chest of two rows of two graduated short mahogany drawers with a long drawer below. The drawer fronts cockbeaded, and of mahogany veneered onto oak. All of the drawers with brass handles and backplates and thread escutcheons, and four with brass locks (one with a later steel replacement). The drawer linings of oak, and with deal runners. The sides of the chest of solid mahogany, the backboards of (later?) deal. The dustboards between the drawers of deal, lipped with oak with a mahogany veneered front edge. The baseboards of deal covered in a red wash. The mahogany bracket feet of laminated construction. Three of the short drawers numbered in pencil (1, 2 and 3) to the rear of their rear lining. Pencilled 2 to dustboard beneath drawer marked 2.

Full description

This clothes press is in the library at Erddig, pushed into a recess (it is not built in) in the paneling and the brick behind it in one of the room's corners. When the door to the Library is open it is totally concealed. It is possible that this was done when Philip Yorke I (1743-1804) converted this room, which is thought to have been the 'Little Parlour' of the 1680s house, into his Library, filling it with books from elsewhere in the house, around 1775. It maybe that this clothes press, like the very good quality library table, were acquired by Philip Yorke I in or around 1770, either as part of the shopping spree he undertook following his marriage to Elizabeth Cust (1750-79) in 1770, or that they came to the Yorke's as part of their inheritance from James Hutton of Newnham, Hertfordshire and Park Street, Mayfair, who died that year. Furniture from both houses is known to have come to Erddig from both houses over the course of several decades: much of it very good quality mahogany furniture of the 1760s. Unlike most pieces of built-in furniture, the only modifications to this piece appear to have been a reduction in height of the moulded cornice, which is unusually shallow. It is also possible that the backboards - which are deal or pine - have also been replaced. These alterations aside, this is a very fine quality press, and is now attributed to Thomas Chippendale (1718-1789) for the following reasons. First, and perhaps most importantly, its closest counterpart is the clothes press [NT 960196] known to have been supplied to Sir Rowland Winn of Nostell Priory by Thomas Chippendale in 1767. The Erddig press is about a third smaller in all dimensions, but both share the same - very unusual - arrangement of two rows of two graduated short drawers above a single long drawer to their chest bases, a feature which is found on other documented pieces of furniture at Nostell Priory by Thomas Chippendale. Three clothes presses made by Chippendale for Nostell Priory have sliding shelves or trays lined with the same marbled paper which lines the sliding trays in this clothes press at Erddig [see NT 959763, the very beautiful clothes press made in 1766/7, and NT 959752, the celebrated green-japanned clothes press supplied for the State Bedroom at Nostell Priory in 1771]. This is a highly unusual feature, not currently known to have been a practice adopted by any other cabinet-maker. The handles on the Erddig press are beautiful quality, and were retailed by Chippendale as 'best pattern'. They are, in fact, more elaborate than those fitted on the drawers of Sir Rowland Winn's press cupboard, but match exactly the handles on the 'secretary' made for Sabine, Lady Winn (1734-98), supplied by Chippendale in 1766. Other features which suggest that the Erddig clothes press was the product of Chippendale's St. Martin's Lane workshop are its laminated bracket feet, chamfered oak drawer stops and the red wash applied to the carcass' deal elements, even to the underside of the baseboards, never intended to be seen. This press and the means by which it came into Yorke ownership are the subject of current research. (Megan Wheeler, February 2019)

Provenance

Photographed in situ in the Library in the early 20th century. Given by Philip Yorke III (1905-1978) along with the estate, house and contents to the National Trust in 1973.

Makers and roles

Thomas Chippendale (fl. 1766 - 1771 when operating without a business partner), cabinet-maker

View more details