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    Sale 7560

    Furniture and Carpets Including Two Private Collections

    24 January 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 301

    A REGENCY MAHOGANY AND SABICU WRITING-TABLE

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY, AFTER A DESIGN BY GILLOWS

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    A REGENCY MAHOGANY AND SABICU WRITING-TABLE
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY, AFTER A DESIGN BY GILLOWS
    The rounded rectangular top above two cedar-lined frieze drawers with convex quarter-fillets, the reverse with two simulated frieze drawers, on twin-end pierced spindle supports, with downswept legs terminating in foliate caps and castors, joined by an arched double later stretcher, the handles later, restorations to the top of the legs
    29½ in. (75 cm.) high; 38 in. (97 cm.) wide; 24 in. (61 cm.) deep


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    The reed-enriched pedestals of this writing-table, with Etruscan-scrolled 'claws', are of Grecian-lyre form with spindle 'strings' and lozenge-enriched bars. The pedestal pattern, including the palm-wrapped castor-sockets, features in the Gillows 1818 Estimate Sketch Book (nos 2079 and 2084) and is illustrated in G. Wills, Craftsmen and Cabinet-makers of Classic English Furniture, Edinburgh, 1974, pp. 117-8 and figs. 108 and 109. A related rosewood table, bearing the stamp of the retailer James Winter is illustrated in C. Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, Leeds, 1996, p. 497, fig. 1022. A similar rosewood writing-table, attributed to Gillows, was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 9 July 1998, lot 90 (£26,450).

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