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Clothes Press


Date: Late 1700s

Location: East Bedroom

Green and gold japanned clothes press by Thomas Chippendale.

Additional Information

Made c1769, this clothes press was en suite with the dressing commode and two night tables, The exterior of the clothes press is japanned in green with Chinoiserie decoration, the interior is japanned red. Edwin Lascelles commissioned Chippendale to make many pieces of furniture in the ‘Chinese’ style, and this bedroom suite was made to accompany the Chinese wallpaper originally hung by Chippendale’s men in the Chintz bedroom, now hung in the East Bedroom. The term clothes press generally refers to a high cupboard containing sliding shelves above a set of drawers. Although not used in this case, the shelves were sometimes made of expensive cedar wood, a natural moth repellent.