• English Furniture and Clocks auction at Christies

    Sale 7769

    English Furniture and Clocks

    19 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 12

    A REGENCY MAHOGANY PEMBROKE TABLE

    BY GILLOWS, THE CRAFTSMAN RICHARD WILCOCK

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    A REGENCY MAHOGANY PEMBROKE TABLE
    BY GILLOWS, THE CRAFTSMAN RICHARD WILCOCK
    The rounded rectangular twin flap top above a mahogany-lined frieze drawer and on turned tapering reeded legs, brass caps and castors, the interior of the drawer inscribed in ink 'N NO 1' and the underside of the drawer signed in pencil 'R Wilcock 2' and in chalk 'from first floor Bedroom not yet ticketed'
    28½ in. (72.5 cm.) high; 41 in. (104 cm.) wide, open; 29½ in. (75 cm.) deep


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    This table is of identical to one supplied by Gillows for Hackwood and also inscribed R. Wilcock, invoiced to Lord Bolton in July 1813 for £5 5s. It was sold from the Hackwood house sale, 20-22 April 1998, lot 370 (£14,950).

    Richard Wilcock is recorded working for Gillows in Lancaster between 1806 and 1817 (C. Gilbert and G. Beard, eds., The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, Leeds, 1986, p. 973). Four Pembroke tables of this model are listed in Gillows' Memorandum of May 1813 made out for Lord Bolton for furnishings at Hackwood, Hampshire (Hampshire RO: bundle 11M 49/468 I). The inventory mark on the drawer confirms that this table is the one supplied for the North Bedroom. The Pembroke table sold at the Hackwood house sale in 1998 was invoiced by Gillows as follows:
    Gillows Bill, July 1813: 'To a good Mahogany Pembroke Table on turnd Reeded legs and Castors, top ends of legs panelled 2ft 6 by 3ft 6'. Invoiced for £5 5s.

    This pattern of Pembroke table relates to one in Gillows' General Sketch Book, 344 144, p. 11. This in turn relates to tables supplied in 1811 for Tatton Park, Cheshire (N. Goodison and J. Hardy, 'Gillows at Tatton Park', Furniture History, 1970, pp. 28, 30, 32 and 35, pl. 16b).

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    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.


    Provenance

    Supplied in 1813 to William Powlett, 2nd Baron Bolton (1782-1850) for the Centre Bedroom North at Hackwood.


    Literature

    Gillows Memorandum, May 1813, the Center [sic] Bed Room North: 'A Pembroke Table'