A pair of mid Victorian painted and parcel gilt sofas  commissioned for Wentworth Woodhouse, South Yorkshire (2)
Lot 133TP
A pair of mid Victorian painted and parcel gilt sofas
commissioned for Wentworth Woodhouse, South Yorkshire
Sold for £12,500 (US$ 16,482) inc. premium

Lot Details
A pair of mid Victorian painted and parcel gilt sofas  commissioned for Wentworth Woodhouse, South Yorkshire (2)
A pair of mid Victorian painted and parcel gilt sofas
commissioned for Wentworth Woodhouse, South Yorkshire
Each with scrolled acanthus and stiff-leaf clasped fluted arm terminals, above a rosette embedded guilloche carved seat frame, on foliate capped ring turned and fluted tapering front legs, with splayed back legs, terminating in brass castors.
Re-decorated, one seat rail inscribed: 'Jan, 1906', 201cm wide. (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    William, 6th Earl Fitzwilliam (d. 1902) and thence by descent.
    Purchased at Christie's, King Street, Wentworth, 8 July 1998, lot 73.

    From the 12th century onwards the Wentworth family owned the land at Wentworth Woodhouse. However it was during the first half of the 17th century that the political and cultural might of their dynasty was first asserted in the figure of Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford (1593-1641). The 1st Earl proved to be one of the most loyal supporters and gifted protectors of the rights of the Crown througout his career, which significantly coincided with perhaps the most troubled period in the history of the British monarchy. Yet, despite becoming the closest adviser to Charles I, who also appointed him Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Thomas Wentworth was ultimately executed in 1641 following the persistent enmity of his Parliamentarian foes.

    Over the course of the first half of the 18th century Thomas Watson-Wentworth, 1st Marquess of Rockingham (d. 1750), planned and oversaw the creation of the magnificent house which still remains at Wentworth Woodhouse today. This beautiful Palladian building perfectly reflects the combined contemporary influence of Holkham Hall and Colen Campbell's designs in his Vitruvius Britannicus, published 1715-25, along with the input of Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, foremost tastemaker and Palladian devotee of the time.

    Charles, the 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, was likewise renowned for his exceptional taste and excellent understanding of contemporary trends within the realms of both architecture and interiors. This is evidenced by Charles's employment of the local Wakefield cabinet making firm, Wright and Elwick, who were themselves followers, at that time, of Thomas Chippendale (d. 1779) and were more importantly subscribers of Chippendale's Gentleman and Cabinet Maker's Director. From the 1760s until the end of the 18th century, the 2nd Marquess also consulted the celebrated Neoclassical architects, James Athenian Stuart (d. 1788) and John Carr (d. 1807) before going ahead with various architectural improvements and alterations to the interiors at Wentworth Woodhouse.
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