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    Sale 7545

    A Town House in Mayfair

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 510

    A REGENCY ROSEWOOD BREAKFRONT BOOKCASE

    CIRCA 1815, ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS

    Price Realised  

    A REGENCY ROSEWOOD BREAKFRONT BOOKCASE
    CIRCA 1815, ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS
    With foliate paterae and scroll-headed reeded uprights enclosing adjustable shelves, on gadroon-edged plinth and gadrooned feet, originally with a superstructure
    36¼ in. (92 cm.) high; 90 in. (228.5 cm.) wide; 15¾ in. (40 cm.) deep


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    This bookcase's reeded pilasters, with acanthus-wrapped trusses and rose-flowered tablets, reflects the antique fashion introduced around 1810 by the cabinet-making firm of Gillows of London and Lancaster. Related library furniture was supplied under the guidance of the architect Lewis Wyatt (d. 1853) by Gillows for the Library at Tatton Park, Cheshire. Similar library furnishings were also supplied by Gillows to neighbouring Mere Hall in 1815 (see Christie's house sale, Mere Hall, 23 May 1994, lots 188-192). The general form is typical of the firm's manufacture at this period, and relates to their 'low wardrobes' supplied for bedroom apartments.

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    Provenance

    Acquired from John Keil, London.