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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 38

    A PAIR OF REGENCY MAHOGANY CHAMBER WRITING-TABLES

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF GILLOWS

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    A PAIR OF REGENCY MAHOGANY CHAMBER WRITING-TABLES
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF GILLOWS
    Each with a rounded rectangular top with a gilt-tooled black leather writing-surface, above a cedar-lined frieze drawer with convex quarter-fillets and original handles, on ring-turned reeded legs with brass caps and castors, minor variations
    Each table: 30 in. (76 cm.) high; 27¼ in. (69 cm.) wide; 19 in. (48 cm.) deep (2)


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    The bedroom-apartment tables relate to a sketch for this type which appears in Gillows' Estimate Sketch Book, dated 1810, and called by them a 'chamber writing-table', which includes a flap along the rear edge for writing implements (no. 344/144, p. 11, Westminster City Archives). Gillows supplied four tables of this pattern in 1811 to T.W. Egerton for Tatton Park, Cheshire (N. Goodison and J. Hardy, 'Gillows at Tatton Park, Cheshire', Furniture History, 1970, pp. 28, 30, 32 and 35, pl. 16B).
    A closely-related chamber writing-table, inscribed with the craftsman John Herbert's name (recorded working at Gillows around 1800), was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 14 September 2006, lot 374 (£8,500) and another, similar writing-table was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 26 April 2007, lot 308 (£4,200).

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