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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.69.5
Id Number Current Repository 38864577
Inscription Recto - Several notes in Lethaby´s hand. Verso - "Mr M Fordham, 9 Maddox Street, Regent Street".
Location Creation Site London (probably 2 Gray´s Inn Square)
Subject Lethaby;William Richard;
Material Pencil on 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.69.6.
Object Notes Design for a cabinet and inlay (on recto and verso.)Recto - shows a partial front elevation; side elevation and a detail of the side elevation looking at the leg; a cross section of the leg; cornice details and shelf details.Verso - a full scale design for the inlay pattern (which was eventually made with ebony, bleached mahogany and sycamore) for the panels on the Melsetter sideboard.
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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