A MATCHING PAIR OF MAHOGANY COMMODES BY WRIGHT AND ELWICK CIRCA 1770
A MATCHED PAIR OF GEORGE III MAHOGANY COMMODES ATTRIBUTED TO WRIGHT AND ELWICK, the shaped rectangular moulded top above three bowed drawers flanked by doors with a beaded elongated quatrefoil panel enclosing shelves above a further drawer flanking an arch, on two plinths, the pierced and lacquered handles original.
A similar commode on arched bracket feet, was at Nostell Priory, just outside Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1906 and is illustrated in P. Macquoid,” The Age of Mahogany”, 1906, fig. 135.
Another similar commode illustrated “Metropolitan Furniture Of The Georgian Years” F.Lewis Hinckley plate 192
Height: 32¼ in. (82 cm.)
Width: 40 in. (101.5 cm.)
Depth: 21¼ in. (54 cm.)
These commodes can be attributed to the London-trained “Upholders” Richard Wright and Edward Elwick of Wakefield, Yorkshire (fl. 1745-1771), who were commissioned by the Marquess of Rockingham from the late 1740s. Much of the furniture attributed to Wright & Elwick at Wentworth Woodhouse shares similar traits including but not limited to a close adherence to designs from Chippendale’s Director of both 1754 and 1762.
The present examples are identical to one formerly at Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorkshire and sold at Christie’s at Spencer House, London on 15 July 1948, lot 110.
Another closely related example, possibly once owned by J.P. Morgan, was sold at Sotheby’s New York, 27 January 1996, lot 318; it is illustrated in F. Lewis Hinckley, A Directory of Queen Anne, Early Georgian and Chippendale Furniture, New York, 1971, p. 238, pl. 429. That example features carrying handles at each side.
For a variation on the form, see one at Nostell Priory, Wakefield, Yorkshire and illustrated in Percy Macquoid, A History of English Furniture: The Age of Mahogany, London, 1906, fig. 135