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AN EARLY VICTORIAN ROSEWOOD KIDNEY-SHAPED DESK
AN EARLY VICTORIAN ROSEWOOD KIDNEY-SHAPED DESK

IN THE MANNER OF GILLOWS, CIRCA 1840

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AN EARLY VICTORIAN ROSEWOOD KIDNEY-SHAPED DESK
IN THE MANNER OF GILLOWS, CIRCA 1840
The shaped top with a moulded edge and inset with a gilt-tooled beige leather, the front with an arched drawer above the kneehole flanked by a bank of four drawers to either side secured with locking bars with panelled ends, the reverse fitted with shaped open shelves raised on a plinth base with hardwood casters, the back of one drawer inscribed in yellow chalk 5779
28½ in. (72.5 cm.) high, 57 in. (145 cm.) wide, 26 in. (66 cm.) deep

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This model of desk is based on a design dated 1792 published by Thomas Sheraton in his The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing-Book, London, 1793, pl. 58. The design of this desk closely relates to two sketches for 'An Oak pedestal and Kidney table' in one of Gillows' Estimate Sketch Books, dated 1840. It is a model that was made by Gillows of London and Lancaster from 1840 to circa 1860. A similar desk bearing the pencil signature of John Barrow was sold anonymously, Sotheby's, London, 7 July 1995, lot 164. A John Barrow of Lancaster was recorded working in association with Gillows for almost fifty years (until 1840) and as pencil signatures of workmen are often found on pieces produced by the firm, this further strengthens a Gillows attribution.
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