Regency rosewood, ebonised and parcel-gilt library writing table  attributed to Gillows
Lot 225Y
A Regency rosewood, ebonised and parcel-gilt library writing table attributed to Gillows
Sold for £97,250 (US$ 163,291) inc. premium
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A Regency rosewood, ebonised and parcel-gilt library writing table
attributed to Gillows
The rectangular D-end brass-mounted top with a replaced tooled leather writing surface, the frieze with two pairs of opposing drawers and bead-moulded panelled ends above a bead-and-reel moulding, the four leopard ebonised and parcel gilt with anthemion motifs to the knees, on paw feet headed by geometric collars, with a concave-sided plinth outlined with further bead-and-reel mouldings, with a label to one drawer for The British Antique Dealers Association Art Treasures Exhibition, Bath, 1958, and numbered item 146., 168cm wide, 114cm deep, 81cm high (66" wide, 44.5" deep, 31.5" high).

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  • Provenance: formerly with Ayer & Co.(Antiques) Ltd. Bath and exhibited at the British Antique Dealers Association Art Treasures Exhibition, Bath, 1958, item no.146.
    Purchased by the vendor from Partridge PLC, New Bond Street, London, during the 1960's.

    Illustrated: R.Edwards, The Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture, London, 1964, p.566, pl.37.
    M.Jourdain, Regency Furniture, London, 1965, p.78, pl.181.

    Another example of larger size is recorded in the collection of the Earl of Harrowby, Sandon Hall, Staffordshire. This table has the star pattern handles and the anthemion escutcheons associated with other Gillow furniture. These include a rosewood commode supplied by Gillows to the Duke of Atholl in 1806 which is illustrated in The Connoisseur, A. Coleridge, The Firm of Gillows at Blair Castle, and on a rosewood backgammon table sold Bonhams, London, 20 November 2007, lot 155. The star handles appear on a pair of Vizagapatam topped tables attributed to Gillows sold Bonhams, London, 3 March 2010, lot 123.

    An example without a plinth base, formerly in the collection of Peter Wilson, was sold Sotheby's London, 26 May 1967, lot 104 and sold again from the collection of Mr and Mrs C Hilbert, Sotheby's New York, 18 November 2011, lot 289.

    A related console table based on the same design is included in this sale as lot 226.

    The design of the monopodia reflects those on a library table design published by George Smith in his Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1808, pl.97 and are in turn considered to be derived from the less decorated monopodia which appear in C.H Tatham's 1799 publication Etchings, Representing the Best Examples of Ancient Ornamental Architecture; Drawn from the Originals in Rome and Other Parts of Italy During the Years 1794, 1795 and 1796.
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