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Sabine, Lady Winn's (1734 - 1798) Writing Table - 24th June 1766

workshop of Chippendale & Rannie (fl. 1754 - 1766)

Category

Furniture

Date

24 Jun 1766 (invoiced)

Materials

Tulipwood and rosewood veneers on a mahogany and deal carcase, oak, green baize, brass, later silk to screen

Measurements

73.5 x 55.5 x 41 cm

Place of origin

St. Martin's Lane

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Collection

Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Leeds City Museum, Leeds, External Locations

NT 959738

Summary

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.

Full description

The earliest piece of identifiable furniture made by Thomas Chippendale for Nostell Priory, 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. This delicately proportioned, feminine piece of furniture was made during the first phase of Thomas Chippendale's involvement in the redesign and refurbishment of Nostell Priory. Few of the pieces which date from this phase, covered by a series of accounts spanning 21st June 1766 and 24th June 1767, survive, as most are thought to have been made for the Winn's London home at 11 St James's Square and were dispersed at auction following Sir Rowland's death in 1785. (Entry adapted by Megan Wheeler, January 2018)

Provenance

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

Exhibition history

Thomas Chippendale, 1718-1779: a celebration of British craftsmanship and design, Leeds City Museum, Leeds, 2018

References

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

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