probably Chippendale & Rannie (fl. 1754 - 1766)
circa 1765 - 1770
Mahogany and mahogany veneers, oak, softwood, brass, red wash
204 x 121 x 59 cm
Place of origin
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Greenway, Devon (Accredited Museum)
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A mahogany clothes press, English, circa 1765 - 70, possibly by Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779), whose firm operated as Chippendale & Rannie between 1754 and 1766 and, thereafter, was run by Chippendale without a business partner until 1771. Very similar to the documented clothes press supplied by Chippendale to Mersham in 1767. This example at Greenway with removed slides and converted for hanging. Topped by a moulded and dentil-carved cornice above a pair of doors, each with applied cut-cornered 'panel' beading, and enclosing a modified interior, its slides removed. The chest section of two short and two graduated long drawers, all cockbeaded and fitted with brass bale handles with circular backplates and brass thread escutcheons. With base moulding and bracket feet. The back made of panels of oak; the sides of solid mahogany; the drawers lined with oak; the baseboards of softwood covered in red wash.
Date of introduction to Greenway not recorded, but given to the National Trust by Mrs Rosalind Hicks (d. 2004), Anthony Hicks (d. 2005) and Mathew Prichard in 2006, and accepted in 2007.
Makers and roles
probably Chippendale & Rannie (fl. 1754 - 1766), cabinet-maker probably Thomas Chippendale (Otley 1718 - London 1779) , cabinet-maker