• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 2203

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Carpets from The Corcoran Gallery of Art

    24 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 106

    A GEORGE IV OAK ARCHITECT'S DESK

    ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS, CIRCA 1830

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE IV OAK ARCHITECT'S DESK
    ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS, CIRCA 1830
    The double-hinged leather-lined top above double front secretaire drawer with well and lettered compartments, opposed by a false drawers, the casters stamped 'LANGEBEAR & CO. BIRM', the hinges to top stamped 'C', the lock stamped 'STEDALL & CO. IMPROVED 2 LEVER', lacking reading ledge
    37 in. (94 cm.) high, 51 in. (129.5 cm.) wide, 27½ in. (70 cm.) deep


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    The desk derives from a Gillows pattern featured in the 1801 Estimate Sketch Book, no. 1675 (Westminster City Archive). A popular feature of the Gillows desks was the frieze drawer with alphabet-inscribed medallions such as feature on the lids of the compartments of this piece.