In the first quarter of the 19th century, with the 'advent of comfort', Gillows of London and Lancaster supplied many country houses, such as Nostell Priory and Tatton Park, with high-quality mahogany furniture. They were particularly successful at providing bedroom furniture en masse for these large country houses, with items such as dressing-tables, luggage-stands, mirrors, stools, chests-of-drawers, clothes-presses and four-post beds, often being supplied in large quantities, and sometimes as pairs, like the current lot.
Gillows supplied two related dressing-tables to William Powlett, 2nd Baron Bolton (d. 1850) for Hackwood Park, Hampshire in 1813. They were sold by the Estate of the late 2nd Viscount Camrose, Hackwood Park, Christie's house sale, 20-22 April 1998, lots 359 & 360. A single similar dressing-table was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 30 November 2000, lot 318.