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    Sale 5354

    Christie's Interiors - Style & Spirit

    13 May 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 291

    A LATE VICTORIAN ROSEWOOD AND MARQUETRY SIDE CABINET

    BY GILLOWS, CIRCA 1884, IN THE MANNER OF STEPHEN WEBB

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    A LATE VICTORIAN ROSEWOOD AND MARQUETRY SIDE CABINET
    BY GILLOWS, CIRCA 1884, IN THE MANNER OF STEPHEN WEBB
    Of D-shaped outline and inlaid throughout in various woods and mother-of-pearl, the frieze centred by a pair of dancing putti with foliage, perching birds and cornucopia between mask-inlaid blocks, the carved and panelled door centred by an oval medallion depicting a draped female figure playing a lyre and flanked by grotesque-inlaid pilasters with foliate and mask capitals, with glazed and velvet-lined cabinets to each side, raised on turned guilloche, swag and stiff-leaf carved front supports and a panelled back, the beaded plinth with foliate feet, stamped 'GILLOWS' and numbered '16649'
    52½ in. (133 cm.) high; 51 in. (130 cm.) wide; 16 in. (41 cm.) deep


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    The marquetry decoration relates to the work of Stephen Webb, an early member of the Art Worker's Guild, who executed work for Collinson & Lock after 1884, while the architectural form of the cabinet relates to work by T.E. Colcutt, principle designer at Collinson & Lock. Webb was best known for ornate designs in ivory. The five digit number however confirms the stamp of Gillows and indicates 1884 as the date of manufacture. Gillows were clearly working in the most up-to-date fashions of the time, and ultimately took over the business of Collinson & Lock in 1887.
    A related cabinet was sold Bonhams, London, 23 November 2004, lot 175.

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    This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage


    Provenance

    Charles and Lavinia Handley Read and by descent to the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN