A George III mahogany secretaire bookcase attributed to Gillows
Lot 81
A George III mahogany secretaire bookcase attributed to Gillows
Sold for £2,750 (US$ 4,303) inc. premium

Lot Details
A George III mahogany secretaire bookcase attributed to Gillows A George III mahogany secretaire bookcase attributed to Gillows
A George III mahogany secretaire bookcase
attributed to Gillows
Inlaid with boxwood and ebonised lines, the rectangular cavetto moulded cornice above a pair of octagonal astragal glazed doors enclosing three adjustable shelves with a rectangular moulded top and hinged fall front enclosing a slide with a hinged later green tooled leather writing surface, six pigeonholes and four short drawers, above a deep well flanked by six hinged alphabetical inlaid lidded compartments; above a pair of panelled purplewood banded doors enclosing a divided interior, with one shelf, on shaped bracket feet, 125cm wide, 48cm deep, 212cm high (49" wide, 18.5" deep, 83" high).

Footnotes

  • The sophisticated secretaire drawer which features on the lot offered here, with the addition alphabetically inlaid drawers and a slide is of the type introduced by the Gillow firm in 1782 replacing their old pattern of secretaire which had been in use since the 1750s. This form of secretaire is discussed in S.Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London 1730-1840, Suffolk 2008, Vol.1., p.367
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