A George III serpentine commode  attributed to Gillows

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Lot 95
A George III serpentine commode
attributed to Gillows

£ 8,000 - 12,000
US$ 11,000 - 17,000
A George III serpentine commode
attributed to Gillows
The moulded top above a frieze drawer revealing a baize-lined slide, below are three further long graduated drawers, on splayed bracket feet, 115cm wide, 62cm deep, 80cm high (45in wide, 24in deep, 31in high).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The actress Margaret Rawlings (Lady Barlow) (1906-1996), the widow of Sir Robert Barlow of Rocketer, Wendover, Bucks.

    Margaret Rawling's many celebrated roles included Lady Macbeth and Eliza Doolittle. In 1938 she was much acclaimed as Karen Selby in The Flashing Stream, her later triumphs included performances in The Importance of Being Earnest (1946) and Oedipus the King (1964). She also served as a vice-president of Equity.

    See Christies, London 8 July 1999, lot 137 for a similar commode attributed to Gillows, which draws similarities to a commode of very similar form and size made by Thomas Briscoe for the London branch of Gillows, (see L.Boynton, Gillow Furniture Designs 1760-1800, plate 117). The same bracket feet to both commodes also appears on a tallboy, stamped Gillows, sold Christies, London, 12 February 1998, lot 520.

    See also S.Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London 1730-1840, p.333 and 335 for related Gillows handles patterns.
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A George III serpentine commode  attributed to Gillows
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