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    Sale 7713

    Furniture & Clocks

    23 April 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 116

    A REGENCY MAHOGANY SECRETAIRE-BOOKCASE

    ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS, EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A REGENCY MAHOGANY SECRETAIRE-BOOKCASE
    ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    The moulded cornice above glazed doors with geometric astragal mouldings enclosing two banks of three adjustable shelves, the secretaire drawer with applied reeded geometric moulding enclosing pigeon-holes and eight short mahogany-lined drawers, one fitted with two glass inkwells with rosewood covers, and with a leather-lined writing-surface, above two short and two long graduated part mahogany-lined drawers with rosewood knob handles, the sides in plum-pudding mahogany, on vase-turned feet
    92 in. (234 cm.) high; 52½ in. (134 cm.) wide; 24 in. (61 cm.) deep


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    This impressive bookcase bears a number of features characteristic of the work of Gillows. The beautifully figured veneer on the secretaire drawer front is framed by reeded mouldings which form squares at the corners, a typical Gillow feature which was used on furniture including a dressing-table in the Judge's Bedroom in the Judges' Lodgings Museum, Lancaster, of circa 1810, and again on a sideboard made in 1813 for Broughton Hall, North Yorkshire, both illustrated in Susan E. Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London, Woodbridge, 2008, vol. I, p. 332, pl. 382 and p. 323, pl. 367. The simple vase-shaped foot was used frequently on case-furniture including a chest of drawers of circa 1820 (ibid, vol II, p. 9, pl. 531).

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