The serpentine seat-rails with egg and dart carving to the edges and foliate carved clasp brackets found on the offered lot are some of the characteristic features of the documented work of the leading Yorkshire cabinet-making firm of Wright and Elwick (1745-1771). Richard Wright and Edward Elwick advertised themselves on their trade card as `Upholders from London ...' selling `Cabinet work of ye Newest Fashion, Together with all sorts of Household Furniture'. It is possible that Richard Wright was the director of the Soho tapestry factory before moving to Wakefield, where the firm was located. Wright and Elwick supplied furniture to the leading families of Yorkshire including the Earl of Strafford at Wentworth, Sir Rowland Winn at Nostell Priory, the Duke of Norfolk at Worksop Manor, Viscount Irwin at Temple Newsam House and the Marquess of Rockingham at Wentworth Woodhouse (see Christie's London, 8 July 1998).
For further information see Christopher Gilbert, 'Wright and Elwick of Wakefield, 1748-1824: A study of provincial patronage', Furniture History Society, 1976.
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