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Side cabinet

attributed to Chippendale, Haig & Co. (fl. 1771 - 1779)

Category

Furniture

Date

circa 1775

Materials

Mahogany, satinwood, textile, brass wire, brass, oak and deal construction

Measurements

88 x 108.5 x 67 cm

Place of origin

London

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Collection

Stourhead, Wiltshire (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Stourhead, Wiltshire, South West, National Trust

NT 731594

Summary

Two inlaid mahogany and satinwood cross banded ebony and boxwood strung side cabinets, Chippendale, Haig & Co. (fl. 1771 - 1779) London, circa 1775. Each of slightly different size, the rectangular top above a pair of paneled cupboard doors with brass grill inserts and backed with pleated silk. The corners inlaid with flower head paterae. The sides fitted with retractable slides with brass handles and raised on a plinth base.

Full description

The cabinets first appear in Hoare family records in the 1841 inventory of Wavendon House, one in the Saloon the other in the Library. Again in 1852, one in the Saloon and one in the Sitting Room (adjoining the Drawing Room) and lastly at Wavendon in 1895, one in the Smoking Room and the other in the Library. The same year both were moved to Stourhead and first recorded there in 1908 in the Music Room 'One 4'6'' Sheraton mahogany serving cupboard fitted with two folding doors, with brass wire and silk vallencing, lock and keys, at each end are sliding trays with brass handles. / one 3'6'' do, as above' Dudley Dodd and Lucy Wood attribute the cabinets to the Chippendale workshops in their article for FHS (2011) 'The 'Weeping Women' commode and other orphaned furniture at Stourhead by the Chippendales, senior and Junior. Their attribution is on stylistic and constructional grounds. The design is closely comparable to a mahogany secretaire cabinet supplied to Paxton House in 1775 which demonstrates similar doors decorated with paterae in hollow corners also similarities can be found on the Paxton setees supplied for the Drawing Room. At Stourhead the demi lune commode in the Picture Gallery (NT731559) and the set of eight chairs in the Hall (NT731590) have identical paterae and can also be attributed to the Chippendale workshops. Other paralells can be found on the mouldings on the front face of the central partition which exactly matches that on the shelves of a pair of clothes presses in the private apartments at Harewood. Unfortunately, for now at least, only an attribution can be achieved as the exact origin of this group of furniture is still uncertain. For further discussion on Chippendale senior and junior at Stourhead and elsewhere see also: Goodison, Judith ‘The life and work of Thomas Chippendale Junior’ PWP 2017 Goodison, Judith ‘Thomas Chippendale the Younger at Stourhead’ Furniture History Society 2005 (Vol. 41) pp. 57-116 Gilbert, Christopher ‘The life and work of Thomas Chippendale’ London 1978 Vol.1 pp.235, 267 Beard, Geoffrey & Gilbert, Christopher ‘The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840’ Furniture History Society 1986 pg.169 James Weedon (January 2018)

Provenance

Possibly made in the Chippendale workshops, first appears in the Hoare family records in the 1841 inventory of Wavendon House, one in the Saloon the other in the Library. Again in 1852, one in the Saloon and one in the Sitting Room (adjoining the Drawing Room) and lastly at Wavendon in 1895, one in the Smoking Room and the other in the Library. The same year both were moved to Stourhead and first recorded there in 1908 in the Music Room 'One 4'6'' Sheraton mahogany serving cupboard fitted with two folding doors, with brass wire and silk vallencing, lock and keys, at each end are sliding trays with brass handles. / one 3'6'' do, as above'. The house and contents given to the National Trust in 1946 by Sir Henry Hoare (d.1947)

Marks and inscriptions

cupboard nearest the window, on reverse in handwritten chalk 'glass shades inside'

Makers and roles

attributed to Chippendale, Haig & Co. (fl. 1771 - 1779), cabinet maker and designer

References

Dodd & Wood 2011, Dudley Dodd & Lucy Wood, 'The Weeping Women commode and other Orphaned Furniture by the Chippendales at Stourhead', in Furniture History XLVII (2011) Gilbert, 1978: Christopher Gilbert. The life and work of Thomas Chippendale. London: Studio Vista: Christie’s, 1978., pp. 235, 267 Beard and Gilbert, 1986: Geoffrey Beard and Christopher Gilbert (ed), Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, 1986, pg.169 Goodison, 2017: Judith Goodison, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale Junior, PWP London & New York 2017 Goodison, 2005: Judith Goodison. “Thomas Chippendale the younger at Stourhead.” Furniture History 31 (2005): pp.57-116, pp. 57-116

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