A George III mahogany architects desk attributed to Gillows

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A George III mahogany architects desk attributed to Gillows

Sold for £ 10,000 (US$ 13,568) inc. premium
A George III mahogany architects desk attributed to Gillows
The rectangular moulded double ratcheted top inset with later green and gilt tooled writing surface, with a detachable reading rest, with a ratcheted flap to the rear, above a shaped secretaire drawer enclosing a later green and gilt tooled leather slide with central ratcheted writing surface, above six alphabetical inlaid compartments with two secret compartments to the rear; above a shaped recess flanked by four drawers to each side, on a plinth base, with castors, 125cm wide, 65cm deep, 96cm high (49in wide, 25 1/2in deep, 37 1/2in high).

Footnotes

  • Related Literature:
    A desk of this modeal circa 1790 and with the impressed stamp GILLOWS LANCASTER is illustrated in S.Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London 1730-1840, Suffolk 2008, p.282, pl.296.

    This type of desk was intended for use either seated or standing. The alphabet inlaid drawers and fall front supported by quadrants were designed after a fashion popularised by Thomas Shearer's, The Cabinet Maker's London Book of Prices (1788-1803). Gillows made numerous minor variations of this form of desk during the latter part of the 18th century.

    Sir Walter Scott purchased a similar desk from Gillows for his Edinburgh house in Castle Street in 1810 and then subsequently moved it to his Study at Abbotsford in 1826. In May 1810 Scott wrote to J.B.Morritt of Rokeby Hall, Yorkshire:

    'You know I fell in love with your Library table and now the The Lady [The Lady of the Lake] has put crowns into my purse I would willingly treat myself unto the like...'

    On the 9th August Scott wrote again to Morritt:

    I must not omit to tell you that Gillows table has arrived and gives great satisfaction. Every one that sees it likes it so much I dare say I shall have some commissions to send him. His bill did not much exceed yours being about £30 ready money'.

    The Gillow archives records in 1810: 'pack for W.Scott Esq., Cstle Street, Edinburgh, case containing mahogany beauroe writin table Double Elevating tops cupboard in center compleat writing drawers'. (See C.Wainwright, The Romantic Interior, Fig 162 & 163).

    See Phillips Knowle house sale, The Contents of Elm Hill, Worcestershire, 10th January 2001, lot 346 for a related architects table by William Brownrigg for Gillows of Lancaster supplied to Thomas Gibbons of Elm Hill in 1785. A further related architect's pedestal desk attributed to Gillows, but with an open kneehole, sold Christies, London, 14 September 2000, lot 202 (£24,675 inc buyer's premium).
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