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A WILLIAM IV MAHOGANY BILLIARDS TABLE
A WILLIAM IV MAHOGANY BILLIARDS TABLE

BY GILLOWS, CIRCA 1830-40

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A WILLIAM IV MAHOGANY BILLIARDS TABLE BY GILLOWS, CIRCA 1830-40 Of typical form, signed and numbered 1090, together with a mahogany, slate and painted scoreboard, a six-light lamp and a mahogany stand containing nine cues and rests The table: 33 ½ (85 cm.) high; 148 in. (376 cm.) wide; 77 ¼ in. (196 cm.) deep The stand: 47 in. (119 cm.) high; 17 ¾ in. (45 cm.) diam. The lamp: 114 in. (298 cm.) deep; 65 in. (165 cm.) wide The board: 16 in. (40.5 cm.) high; 36 in. (91 cm.) wide
Provenance
Acquired from Alexander Turner in 1992.
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Please note, this lot contains ivory and prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.

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Lot Essay

The Lancaster and London furniture-making firm, Gillows, made approximately fifteen to twenty billiards tables per year and were the first cabinet-makers to do so, from the late 18th Century onwards. The design for this table with its 'stout reeded leg' conforms to one drawn up by the firm for James Heywood, which was made in 1833 and numbered 1077 (S. Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London, 1730-1840, London, 2008, I, p. 421, pl. 522); as well as one made circa 1833-34 for Beriah Botsfield (1807-63) of Norton Hall, Daventry, numbered 1081 and now in the Judges' Lodgings Museum, Lancaster (ibid., pp. 422-3, pl. 523 & 525d). A very close related table is at Dunham Massey, Cheshire; and a further example, numbered 1086, is at Speke Hall, Merseyside.

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