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TWO DINING TABLES BY GILLOWS
These Grecian dining-tables are likely to have been supplied in the 1820's to Robert Grosvenor, 2nd Earl and later 1st Marquess of Westminster, for Eaton Hall. Contrasting with Porden's (d.1822) Gothic interiors, with leaves of superbly figured mahogany with vertically- veneered frieze they are typical of the work of Messrs. Gillow of London and Lancaster, such as the table they supplied to Stephen Tempest for Broughton Hall, Yorkshire in 1813 (M. Jourdain, 'Late Georgian Dining-Tables', Country Life, 1951, p. 1459). However, this pattern of sturdy table-leg enriched in the Grecian manner with bands of well-spaced reeds enjoyed enduring popularity and corresponds to those on a table supplied by Gillows to George, 4th Baron Vernon for Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire as late as 1831 (Gillow MSS, Sketch book no. 5179, Westminster Library).
A closely related table was supplied under the direction of the architect Sir Robert Smirke to the 2nd Marquess of Bute, either for Cardiff Castle circa 1818 or Luton Park between 1825-30 (sold from the Bute Collection, Christie's London, 3 July 1996, lot 43).