A George III mahogany and sycamore marquetry serpentine dressing commode attributed to Gillows
Lot 28
A George III mahogany and sycamore marquetry serpentine dressing commode
attributed to Gillows
£20,000 - 30,000
US$ 33,000 - 50,000
Auction Details
A George III mahogany and sycamore marquetry serpentine dressing commode attributed to Gillows A George III mahogany and sycamore marquetry serpentine dressing commode attributed to Gillows A George III mahogany and sycamore marquetry serpentine dressing commode attributed to Gillows A George III mahogany and sycamore marquetry serpentine dressing commode attributed to Gillows
Lot Details
A George III mahogany and sycamore marquetry serpentine dressing commode
attributed to Gillows
The shaped rectangular moulded top above a fitted drawer enclosing a gilt tooled leather lined slide and three divisions, above three further long graduated drawers flanked by riband tied foliate inlaid and engraved canted angles, with shaped sides, on shaped bracket feet, 104cm wide, 60cm deep, 85cm high (40.5in wide, 23.5in deep, 33in high).

Footnotes

  • A chest of this pattern by Gillows, ordered through Gillows and Taylor of Oxford Street, circa 1769 which is thought to have been supplied to John Frederick Sackville, 3rd Duke and 9th Earl of Dorset (1745-1799) for Knole, Kent, sold Christie's, London, 9th June 2005, lot 279. It bears a rare hand-written shipping label to the reverse for Gillows & Taylor. Robert Gillow II opened a London shop at 176 Oxford Street in 1769 entering into a partnership with his cousin William Taylor and the firm appears in the London Trade Directories for 1769-1777 as 'Gillows & Taylor'. The Duke of Dorset commode was recorded in the Journal of the Gillow brothers in Lancaster in June 1772 as 'intended for the Duke of Dorset' and with 'inlaid corners'. The marquetry canted angles, mirror those on the celebrated inlaid and carved bookcase by Gillows probably made for Mrs Mary Hutton-Rawlinson (latterly with Apter-Fredericks London), the widow of a wealthy West Indies merchant (See Susan Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London 1730-1840, Suffolk 2008, Vol.I, pp. 362-377. This marquetry may have been the work of a John Norris who worked for Gillows in Lancaster from July 1772 until August 1773. Norris was responsible for inlaying several pairs 'of commode corners, including in January 1773 'another pair of commode corners large in ribbon festoon way' which may well link him to the marquetry on both the commode offered here, the Duke of Dorset commode and the Hutton-Rawlinson bookcase, see S.Stuart, ibid., Vol I., pp.364-65.

    A related serpentine chest with differing marquetry canted angles composed of intertwined foliate boughs is illustrated in C.Claxton Stevens and S.Whittington, The Norman Adams Collection, Suffolk 1983 p.371.
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first £50,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 the Hammer Price
12% from £1,000,001 of the Hammer Price

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, check with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveler's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Jackie Brown
    Auction Administration - English Furniture and Works of Art
    Bonhams
    Work
    101 New Bond Street
    London, United Kingdom W1S 1SR
    Work +44 20 7468 8204
    FaxFax: +44 20 7468 8208
  2. Fergus Lyons
    Specialist - English Furniture and Works of Art
    Bonhams
    Work
    101 New Bond Street
    London, United Kingdom W1S 1SR
    Work +44 20 7468 8221
  3. Guy Savill
    Specialist - English Furniture and Works of Art
    Bonhams
    Work
    101 New Bond Street
    London, United Kingdom W1S 1SR
    Work +44 20 8963 2848
    FaxFax: +44 20 8963 2807
  4. Sally Stratton
    Specialist - English Furniture and Works of Art
    Bonhams
    Work
    101 New Bond Street
    London, United Kingdom W1S 1SR
    Work +44 20 8963 2847
    FaxFax: +44 20 8963 2807