• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7841

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    29 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 170

    A GEORGE IV MAHOGANY PEDESTAL DESK

    BY GILLOWS, CIRCA 1830

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE IV MAHOGANY PEDESTAL DESK
    BY GILLOWS, CIRCA 1830
    The rectangular dark green leather-lined top above nine mahogany-lined drawers with rosewood knob handles, the side drawers secured by locking stiles, the sides and reverse panelled, on moulded plinths and centrally located castors, the centre drawer stamped 'GILLOWS. LANCASTER'
    30 in. (76 cm.) high; 51¼ in. (130 cm.) wide; 30 in. (76 cm.) deep


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    Gillows' design for this handsome desk was one of many published in the firm's sketchbooks under the heading Ferguson & Co, William Ferguson being one of the trio of former employees who purchased the Gillow business when the family relinquished control in 1813, the new partnership being known variously as Gillow & Co., Ferguson, Whiteside & Redman, or Ferguson, Redmayne & Co.
    Ferguson and Henry Whiteside were responsible for the running of Gillow's London business based at various Oxford Street addresses until their deaths in 1835 and 1832 respectively.
    A closely related desk is illustrated in S. Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London, 2008, vol. II, p. 379, pl. GC32, while others were sold Christie's, London, 17 June 1993, lot 102, and Sotheby's, London, 3 July 2003, lot 118.

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