A George III mahogany parcel gilt bureau cabinet attributed to Gillows
Lot 65
A George III mahogany parcel gilt bureau cabinet attributed to Gillows
£5,000 - 8,000
US$ 8,400 - 13,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
A George III mahogany parcel gilt bureau cabinet attributed to Gillows
The dentilled and arcaded broken pediment centred by a carved giltwood cartouche and with a conforming cornice carved with blind fretwork, the pair of cartouche-shaped, mirror-panelled doors enclosing adjustable shelves and an arrangement of small drawers, the cleated fall revealing an elaborately fitted interior, below are three short drawers above a beaded waist moulding and three long graduated drawers, on ogee bracket feet, mirror plates replaced, with restorations, 128cm wide, 62cm deep, 256cm high (50in wide, 24in deep, 100.5in high).

Footnotes

  • A mahogany wardrobe linen press supplied by Gillows to Richard Clowes in 1772, sold Sotheby's London, 6 June 2006, lot 274 shares the same pattern of cornice mouldings and fretwork (see S.Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London, 1730-1840, 2008, 2 vols., Vol. II, p. 61, pl. 607). A further parallel linking the present lot to Gillows is a painting by Shirley Slocombe, identified as an 'unrecognised superb Gillow bureau clothes press' by Susan Stuart op. cit., vol. II, p. 59, pl. 605. This image dated 1906, which was originally reproduced in Percy Macquoid's History of English Furniture, vol. III, The Age of Mahogany, pl. 7, shows a closely related configuration of canopied pigeonholes to the interior of the writing drawer.

    A related mahogany bureau cabinet sold Sotheby's New York, 24 April 2008, lot 26.
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