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    Sale 7806

    Lord St. Helens and Sir William FitzHerbert The Collections of a Diplomat and a Courtier

    22 January 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 632

    A REGENCY MAHOGANY DRESSING-TABLE

    CIRCA 1810-15, ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS

    Price Realised  

    A REGENCY MAHOGANY DRESSING-TABLE
    CIRCA 1810-15, ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS
    The rounded rectangular top with a bowed centre and three-quarter gallery, above three frieze drawers, on ring-turned reeded tapering legs and brass caps and castors, one drawer inscribed in pencil '13'
    31¾ in. (80.5 cm.) high; 42 in. (107 cm.) wide; 24½ in. (62 cm.) wide


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    This dressing-table and the following lot, with their sunken panels of exotically flame-figured mahogany heading the front legs, relate closely to Messrs. Gillows' 1813 commission for Hackwood, Hampshire. In July 1813 Gillows delivered six dressing-tables for the 2nd Duke of Bolton, each with a pair of drawers flanking each side of the concave front. They were described in Gillows' Memorandum of July 1813, North East Bedroom, as: 'To a Mahogany five drawer Dressing Table on turned Reeded legs as before 8 16s 6d'. Three of the surviving four (sold Christie's House Sale, 20-22 April 1998, lots 356 & 358-360) are deeper, probably to Lord Bolton's specifications and for the incorporation of a dressing-mirror.

    This pattern was already in existence slightly earlier, as in 1811 Gillows' supplied a 'Five drawer Dressing Table with rim on turned reeded legs' for Parlington Hall, Yorkshire; and in 1812 supplied related tables to Tatton Park, Cheshire (C. Gilbert, Furniture at Temple Newsam House and Lotherton Hall, Leeds, 1978, vol. II, no. 500; and N. Goodison and J. Hardy, 'Gillows at Tatton Park', Furniture History, 1970, pl. 19B and 21B).

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    Literature

    G. Jackson-Stops, 'Tissington Hall, Derbyshire - I', Country Life, 15 July 1976, p. 160, fig. 8