A late Regency mahogany Gillows breakfront bookcase
Lot 150
A Regency carved mahogany Breakfront Library Bookcase attributed to Gillow
Sold for £36,000 (US$ 61,171) inc. premium
Lot Details
Fine English Furniture & Works of Art
A Regency carved mahogany Breakfront Library Bookcase
attributed to Gillow
the Greek key and shaped cornice with conical finials above a pair of arched astragal glazed doors enclosing three moulded shelves, flanked by single arched astragal glazed doors, each enclosing three moulded shelves, flanked by turned reeded columns, the lower part with a pair of moulded panelled doors enclosing two shelves, flanked by single moulded panelled doors, each enclosing two shelves and each flanked by reeded columns on a moulded plinth base, 227cm wide, 40cm deep, 276cm high (89" wide, 15.5" deep, 108.5" high).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: By repute inherited from Sir Fredrick James Penny (b 1849) Master Mariner and Shipping Agent of Southampton who was married to Elizabeth Glover eldest daughter of George Emerson Glover of Liverpool, thence by descent to his son, Gerald Evelyn Penny of Cliff Cottage, Titchfield, Hampshire, (died circa 1950), who was married to Maud Jane Pierce of Birkenhead. Thence to his son, Commander Fredrick Gerald Penny of Cliff Cottage and thence to his step-daughter, the current owner.
    It is quite possible the piece came into the Penny family through either the Pierce or Glover marriages mentioned above.

    A closely related bookcase appears in the Gillows Estimate Sketch Books for 12 November 1805 (Westminster City Archives, reference 1776). The bookcase was supplied to the industrialist Henry Sudell of Woodfold Park, Mellor, near Blackburn, Lancs, who was charged £33.6s. 4d. (See illustration). The entire contents of his estate was offered for sale by public auction on December 24th 1827 after filing a petition for bankruptcy.

    An almost identical bookcase with grille panel doors was sold Sotheby's London, 22 November 2006, lot 119. The distinctive moulded panel doors with the looped projecting corners are a recurrent feature of Gillows furniture and can be seen on the Gillows bookcase from The Bracewell Collection, offered as lot 123 in this sale as well as on many other pieces of Gillows furniture from the Regency and George IV periods. Similar reeded tapered columns can be seen on a stamped Gillow bookcase sold Christie's New York, 19 April 2001, lot 299.
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