A Regency rosewood and gilt bronze mounted lyre end library table attributed to Gillows
Lot 138Y
A Regency rosewood and gilt bronze mounted lyre end library table attributed to Gillows
Sold for £10,000 (US$ 16,050) inc. premium

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A Regency rosewood and gilt bronze mounted lyre end library table attributed to Gillows A Regency rosewood and gilt bronze mounted lyre end library table attributed to Gillows
A Regency rosewood and gilt bronze mounted lyre end library table attributed to Gillows
The rounded rectangular top with a replaced tooled leather writing surface, the frieze with a pair of real and simulated frieze drawers flanked by re-entrant corners, the lyre shaped end-supports with brass 'strings', on splayed legs ending in anthemion cast gilt-brass castors, 105cm wide, 69cm deep, 77cm high (41" wide, 27" deep, 30" high).

Footnotes

  • The lyre ends of this table are a typical feature of Gillows. Gillows' design for a mahogany tray top working table made for Sir T.D.Hesketh was drawn on 23 August 1822, the cost of the table at the time £8.13s.2½d plus 10s. for the finish. A very closely related table in rosewood is illustrated in Susan Stuart, Gillows of London and Lancaster, 1730-1840, Woodbridge, 2008, vol.I, pl.332, p.303. An almost identical table was sold Sotheby's, London, 22 April 2004, lot 99.

    The star handles are another Gillows feature. A rosewood games table with similar handles, attributed to Gillows, was offered Sotheby's London 22 November 2006, Lot 98, and a table of identical form can be found in the library at Shugborough, Staffordshire, illustrated in Country Life, 2 September 1971, p.547. Shugborough was remodelled at the beginning of the nineteenth century by the architect Samuel Wyatt (d.1807), and the Shugborough table has been traditionally been attributed to Gillows on the grounds of their close ties to the Wyatt architectural dynasty.

    Star shaped handles of the kind seen here also relate to the work of Regency cabinetmakers John McLean and Sons, who specialised in furniture with gilt-brass mounts in the French manner. A sofa table with star handles, labelled by McLean, is illustrated in Furniture History, 1978, plate 41b.
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