A George III 'fiddleback' mahogany and crossbanded Carlton House Desk Gillow?
Lot 91
A George III 'fiddleback' mahogany and crossbanded Carlton House Desk
Sold for £16,800 (US$ 28,437) inc. premium
Lot Details
Fine English Furniture & Works of Art
A George III 'fiddleback' mahogany and crossbanded Carlton House Desk
inlaid with boxwood and ebonised lines, the shaped top with pierced three-quarter gallery and brass letter slot above six short drawers, two concave cupboard doors, two short stationery drawers and two long drawers, above a tooled green leather ratcheted writing slope, above three frieze drawers on square tapering legs with brass castors, labelled to the underside 'Drawing Room' and 'Fine Sheriton Carlton House Table (Lee) Ouborough Drawing Room, October 1940', 140cm wide, 77cm deep, 104cm high (55" wide, 30" deep, 40.5" high).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Possibly Onborough Place, Surrey, previously known as Barn Ridge and once home to the businessman James Voase Rank, the brother of the film magnate J. Arthur Rank.

    This distinctive design of writing table, with its superstructure of two or three tiers of small drawers rising from the back and curving around the sides, dates from the late 18th Century. It was first seen in a plate published by George Hepplewhite in 1792 and illustrated again by Shearer in 1793. Thomas Sheraton also illustrated a similar desk in his Cabinet Maker's and Upholsterer's Drawing Book, 1793, pl. 60, entitled 'A Lady's Drawing and Writing Table'. Interestingly, it was not until 1796 that the term Carlton House Desk was first used by the firm Gillow and seen in their cost books for clients. A similar desk at Buckingham House was thought to have originated from the Prince Regent's Carlton House Mansion. Possibly this location was given to Robert Gillow by one of his clients and the term perpetuated.

    The handle pattern seen on the lot offered here is a typical Gillow handle commonly used from the mid 1790's. This handle pattern is documented by S.Stuart Gillows of Lancaster and London, 1730-1840, Suffolk, 2008, p.335, pl.c & pl.e. The first Gillow design for a desk of this type appears in 1796, and two further designs in 1798. The Gillow model differs from the published Hepplewhite and Sheraton models in the drawer arrangement to the top, the Gillows version being stepped to the front.
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