• 500 Years Decorative Arts Euro auction at Christies

    Sale 2305

    500 Years Decorative Arts Europe Including Oriental Carpets

    20 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 243

    A PAIR OF REGENCY MAHOGANY OPEN BOOKCASES

    ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS, CIRCA 1820

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF REGENCY MAHOGANY OPEN BOOKCASES
    ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS, CIRCA 1820
    Each with line and rosewood banding overall, with reeded columnar supports on casters
    52¾ in. (134 cm.) high, 36½ in. (93 cm.) wide, 14¾ in. (37.5 cm.) deep (2)


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    The pair of bookcases have recessed reeded columns in the Pompeian manner and are framed by 'ribboned' rosewood. In 1801, Gillows of London and Lancaster supplied a closely related pair of bookcases to Luke Dillon, 2nd Lord Clonbrock to furnish his new library at his ancestral home, Clonbrock in Co. Galway. They were sold by Mr. and Mrs. Luke Dillon-Mahon, Clonbrock, Christie's house sale, 1 November 1976, lot 12. A related double-sided bookcase with raised engaged columns ordered by John Gladstone in 1813 is illustrated in S. Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London, Suffolk, 2008, pl. 452. The fashionable 'moving bookcase' of this type is featured in Thomas Sheraton's Appendix to the Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book, 1802 (pl. 23).

    Robert Ferguson (1767-1840), a member of Parliament and Lord Lieutenant of Fife, is probably best known for his scandalous affair with Lady Elgin and was successfully sued for £10,000 by Lord Elgin.

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    Provenance

    Probably supplied to Robert Ferguson, M.P. (d. 1840) for Raith House, Kirkcaldy, Fife, and by descent.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 6 July 2000, lot 84.
    Acquired from Jeremy, Ltd., London, in 2003.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION (LOT 243)