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Title [Design for an Inlaid Oak Sideboard: Melsetter House]
Collection Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection
Maker Lethaby;William Richard;
Date c.1898
Id Number Current Accession F.69.6
Id Number Current Repository -2053112037
Inscription Various notes in Lethaby´s hand (some are crossed out); "Note all Oak natural colour except [crossed out text] . . . . Cupboard to have a roughish inlaid pattern".
Location Creation Site London (probably 2 Gray´s Inn Square)
Subject Lethaby;William Richard;
Material Pencil and coloured pencil on thin tracing paper
Notes This was one of many designs for Melsetter House, Hoy, Orkney (for Thomas Middlemore). Lethaby was given the contract and started designing in 1898, although the majority of those designs weren't executed until 1899-1900. This particular sideboard was executed by either Kenton & Co. or Fordham (although it seems likely that 'Fordham' may only have done the actual inlay). See also F.69.5.
Object Notes Detailed front elevation of the inalid oak sideboard designed for Melsetter House. Also shows plan (and ornaments on shelves) and a crossed through perspective detail. Lightly drawn lines indicating the "top of panelling" on the wall. The inlay was made using ebony, sycamore and bleached mahogany.
Relation Exhibition W R Lethaby 1857-1931: architecture, design and education, London, Central School of Arts and Crafts
Relation References Book: Rubens;Godfrey;, William Richard Lethaby: his life and work 1857-1931, Architectural Press. 1986.
Sale catalogue: Christies. 29 October 1991.
Thesis: Rubens;Godfrey;, The life and work of William Richard Lethaby (1857-1931), Ph.D., Unive
Rights University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection
Source Christie´s ; A.B. Waters CBE
Technique Pencil drawing
Work Type Fine Art
 

 

 

 

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