Three similar mid Victorian Gothic revival oak low bookcases later converted into a two-tier bookcase and a low open bookcase by Gillows
Lot 190
Three similar mid Victorian Gothic revival oak low bookcases later converted into a two-tier bookcase and a low open bookcase
by Gillows
£800 - 1,200
US$ 1,000 - 1,600

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Three similar mid Victorian Gothic revival oak low bookcases later converted into a two-tier bookcase and a low open bookcase by Gillows Three similar mid Victorian Gothic revival oak low bookcases later converted into a two-tier bookcase and a low open bookcase by Gillows
Three similar mid Victorian Gothic revival oak low bookcases later converted into a two-tier bookcase and a low open bookcase
by Gillows
comprising three separate sections and enclosing twelve adjustable shelves in total, each interspersed with engaged facetted columns, the larger bookcase with acorn and oak leaf carved side panels, stamped: 'GILLOWS.LANCASTER', the top section of the taller piece was probably originally a low bookcase or base to a larger bookcase, probably originally forming part of a suite of library furniture, the larger bookcase: 132.5cm wide x 36cm deep x 212cm high, (52in wide x 14in deep x 83in high) (2)

Footnotes

  • The three main low bookcase constituent parts comprising the current lot appear to have been later adapted to form a two-tier bookcase along with a very similar low open bookcase. A Gillows design commissioned by a Mr J.W. Morris, and dated 1856, which seems almost identical to two of the bookcase sections forming part of the above lot, is illustrated in the Gillows Estimate Sketch books, p.6123, City of Westminster Archives. Even the intricate oak and acorn leaf carving to the sides of two of the above sections (probably originally individual pieces), closely follow the sides detailed by Gillows in another drawing featuring alongside the aforementioned image on the same page, p.6123.

    In 1859 another similar low bookcase, although this time with two panelled doors, appears among Gillow's designs, the Estimate Sketch books, City of Westminster Archives. This latter sketch is very similar to the lower section of the two-tier bookcase from the present lot, although there are minor differences between them in the carving.
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