Sabine, Lady Winn's (1734 - 1798) Writing Table - 24th June 1766
workshop of Chippendale & Rannie (fl. 1754 - 1766)
24 Jun 1766 (invoiced)
Tulipwood and rosewood veneers on a mahogany and deal carcase, oak, green baize, brass, later silk to screen
73.5 x 55.5 x 41 cm
Place of origin
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Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire (Accredited Museum)
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A lady's writing table, English, 1766, made by Thomas Chippendale (1718 - 1799) for Sabine, Lady Winn (1734 - 1798), wife of Sir Rowland Winn, 5th Baronet (1739 - 1785). Made of tulipwood and rosewood veneers on a pine carcase, and with crossbanding. The top fitted to the rear with a retractable fire screen lined with modern silk made to match the pattern of the original. The front faced as a false drawer beneath a baize-lined writing slide, a drawer to the right frieze fitted with silver-capped ink bottles. On four delicate cabriole legs. With faint pencil inscriptions to the underside of the board which forms the base of the drawer.
Made for 11 St James's Square, the Winns' London townhouse, and listed in the accounts for 24th June 1766 as 'A Lady's commode writing table made of tulip and rosewood with a slider cover'd with Green Cloth', £5 14s 0d. (Entry adapted by Megan Wheeler, January 2018)
Purchased by Sir Rowland Winn, 5th Baronet, referred to in accounts on 23rd June 1766 and thence by descent until accepted by HM Treasury in lieu of death duties on the estate of Rowland Winn, 4th Baron Oswald (1916 - 1984), 1986.
Makers and roles
workshop of Chippendale & Rannie (fl. 1754 - 1766), cabinet-maker workshop of Thomas Chippendale (fl. 1766 - 1771 when operating without a business partner), cabinet maker
Boynton and Goodison, 1968: Lindsay Boynton, and Nicholas Goodison. “Thomas Chippendale at Nostell Priory.” Furniture History 4 (1968): pp.10-61., p. 39 Boynton and Goodison, 1969: Lindsay Boynton and Nicholas Goodison. “The furniture of Thomas Chippendale at Nostell Priory.” Burlington Magazine III June 1969: pp.350-60., p. 351 Gilbert (1978): Christopher Gilbert, The Life & Work of Thomas Chippendale (1978), 2 volumes., Vol. I, p. 170 and Vol. II, Figure 436 K. Bristol, ‘A Tale of Two Sales: Sir Rowland Winn and No.11 St James’s Square, London, 1766-1787’, in History of Retailing and Consumption 2.1 (2016), 9 – 24. West Yorkshire History Centre, WYW 1352/3/3/1/5/3/63.