A late Regency mahogany partners/architects secretaire desk by J. Warrington possibly for Gillows??
Lot 252Y
A late Regency mahogany partners/architects secretaire desk by J. Warrington, in the manner of Gillows
£2,500 - 3,000
US$ 4,100 - 4,900
withdrawn

Lot Details
A late Regency mahogany partners/architects secretaire desk by J. Warrington possibly for Gillows?? A late Regency mahogany partners/architects secretaire desk by J. Warrington possibly for Gillows?? A late Regency mahogany partners/architects secretaire desk by J. Warrington possibly for Gillows?? A late Regency mahogany partners/architects secretaire desk by J. Warrington possibly for Gillows??
A late Regency mahogany partners/architects secretaire desk
by J. Warrington, in the manner of Gillows
The rectangular double ratcheted top with reeded edge above a secretaire drawer simulating five short drawers enclosing a later tooled gilt leather slide, with hinged ratcheted writing surface and a recess with a circular cut glass ink bottle, enclosing six hinged lidded compartments, each with ivory inlaid letters of the alphabet; all above a recessed kneehole and four short drawers to each side, the lower drawer with a removable divider, with reeded ring turned tapering projecting corners on rounded moulded plinth bases, the reverse with similar arrangement of simulated upper drawers but with panelled cupboards to each side, stamped to the top drawer twice, 'J.WARRINGTON' , 122cm wide, 63cm deep, 92cm high (48" wide, 24.5" deep, 36" high).

Footnotes

  • A John Warrington, chairmaker and turner of Market Harborough, Leics is recorded in 1822 and listed in G.Beard and C.Gilbert, The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, Leeds, 1986. It is possible that his stamp appears here as a piece bought in from another firm.


    This library table relates to a group of slightly earlier library tables either associated with or signed by Gillows. It takes the form of the 'library table' supplied by Gillow to Sir William Stanley of Hooton, near Chester some time prior to January 1782. The design was sent from the London shop to Lancaster and was at that point one of the most expensive pieces of furniture made by the firm in Lancaster. Susan Stuart notes that the firm were protective of this design and that when a kinsman of Sir William Stanley, a Mr Thomas Stanley ordered a desk of this model, Richard Gillow wrote to him that it was:
    '...upon a new construction & plan of our invention therefore you should not choose to sell one that might serve for a pattern to make more by'.
    In October 1785 the firm wrote to another client in relation to this pattern of table:
    as to the library table it is one of the best we ever made & as the invention is of our own shou'd be glad no workman may be suffered to take a plan of it...'
    See S.Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London 1730-1840, Vol.1., Suffolk 2008, p.279. Library tables of this pattern are also discussed by Susan Stuart in The Journal of The Regional Furniture Society, 1998.

    A related documented library table was sold Bonhams Knowle, 10th January 2001, lot 346, signed by William Brownrigg, a journeyman for Gillow, who supplied the piece in 1785.

    A commissioned design for a library table of a very similar pattern and function can be found in the Gillows Estimate Sketch books for the 9th March 1797, model 1321, and recoded at a cost of £10,3,2 ¾ dd.

    This type of sophisticated secretaire drawer with 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 drawer is discussed in S.Stuart, ibid., p.367.

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