possibly Chippendale & Rannie (fl. 1754 - 1766)
An oak chest, the upper half of a chest-on-chest, or double chest, English, circa 1765-70, possibly supplied to Nostell Priory by either Chippendale & Rannie (fl/ 1754 - 1766) or Thomas Chippendale (fl. 1766 - 1771 when operating without a business partner). With original moulded cornice above two short and three long drawers, all with cockbeading. On later bracket feet but with original brass bail handles with plain backplates. One surviving shaped keyhole escutcheon. The key operative. Oak, with pine linings and carcase.
Possibly the surviving upper half of the 'Large Wainscot double chest of drawers for the servant maids with 6 keys' supplied by Chippendale's workshop and invoiced on 8th November 1768.
Possibly acquired by Sir Rowland Winn (1739 - 1785) from Thomas Chippendale (1718 - 1779) and thence by descent. Purchased by the National Trust in 1990 from the Christie's 'Nostell Priory' sale.
Makers and roles
possibly Chippendale & Rannie (fl. 1754 - 1766), cabinet-maker possibly Thomas Chippendale (fl. 1766 - 1771 when operating without a business partner), cabinet maker
Gilbert (1978): Christopher Gilbert, The Life & Work of Thomas Chippendale (1978), 2 volumes., Volume I, p. 188