A Regency rosewood and brass marquetry Library Table attributed to Gillows

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Lot 128
A Regency rosewood and brass marquetry Library Table
attributed to Gillows

Sold for £ 31,200 (US$ 39,447) inc. premium
The Bracewell collection of furniture by Gillows and Holland & Sons
A Regency rosewood and brass marquetry Library Table
attributed to Gillows
the shaped rectangular top inlaid with a brass band of stylised bellflower, acanthus and anthemion above a pair of drawers, the frieze inlaid with brass arabesque and line marquetry panels above a lobed moulding, on spreading reeded legs headed by stylised leaves, joined by a fluted, lobed and leaf carved stretcher, on egg and dart moulded bun feet, 160cm wide, 76cm deep, 73cm high (62.5in wide, 29.5in deep, 28.5in high).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Sir John Hayford Thorold, 10th Bt. (1773-1831) for Syston Park, Lincolnshire.
    Thence by descent and then removed to Marston Hall, Grantham, Lincolnshire.
    Sold Sotheby's London 13 June 2001, lot 121.

    Literature:
    T Knox, Sir John Thorold's Library at Syston Park, Lincolnshire, Apollo, September 1997, p.29, fig.3.
    A Oswald, Marston Hall, Lincolnshire - II' Country Life, 16 September 1965, p.690, fig 6.

    Syston Park in Lincolnshire was inherited in 1815 by the celebrated book collector Sir John Hayford Thorold, 10th Baronet (1773-1831) who began an ambitious remodelling of the original house (1766-1775) and employed Gillows to furnish the principal ground floor rooms. Lewis Vuillamy was commissioned to design a large library wing for the house which included Gillow supplying two carved settees, a large desk and library tables. Thorold's book collection was dispersed in a sale at Sotheby's and the furnishing contents were sold at local auctions. Some furniture remained in the collection of the family and went with them when they moved into Marston Hall in Grantham which had been the family seat between the 14th century and the building of Syston Park.

    The above library table was almost certainly part of Sir John Hayford Thorold's Gillow commission for the library at Syston. The table appears in the background of an anonymous photograph of the library now in the National Monument's Record Office (Ref.BB72/3332) and in a photograph of the drawing room at Marston Hall in the Country Life article on the house which appeared in 1965.

    Other known examples of this model are at Belton House in Lincolnshire, in the Queen's Room, illustrated in G.Beard, Belton House, the Lincolnshire home to Lord Brownlow which appeared in Connoisseur, January-April 1963, p.218, fig.1. A pair of tables of this design were in the Library at Tatton Park, Cheshire, a house with a strong and well documented Gillow connection (cf. A.Oswald, Tatton Park, Cheshire II, Country Life, 23 July 1964, p.236, fig 9.), see also S.Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London 1730-1840, plate 216, due to be published August 2008.
A Regency rosewood and brass marquetry Library Table attributed to Gillows
A Regency rosewood and brass marquetry Library Table attributed to Gillows
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