• 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 118

    A REGENCY MAHOGANY CHAMBER TABLE

    ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS, EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A REGENCY MAHOGANY CHAMBER TABLE
    ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    The polished top with hinged, fitted writing compartment, above a mahogany-lined drawer with rosewood handles
    29¼ in. (74.5 cm.) high, 38 in. (96.5 cm.) wide, 23¾ in. (60.5 cm.) deep


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    A sketch for this type of table appears in Gillows' Estimate Sketch Book, dated 1810, and called by them a 'chamber writing-table' (No. 344/144, p. 11, Westminster City Archives). A similar table bearing the stamp GILLOWS.LANCASTER is illustrated in S.E. Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London 1730-1840, 2008, vol. I, p. 300, pl. 328. 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 further related example inscribed with the craftsman John Herbert's name (the maker of the Wellington chest in the sale), was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 14 September 2006, lot 374.

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