The bookcase has recessed reeded columns in the Pompeian manner and is framed by 'ribboned' rosewood. In 1801, Gillows of London and Lancaster supplied a closely related pair of bookcases to Luke Dillon, 2nd Lord Clonbrock to furnish his new library at his ancestral home, Clonbrock in Co. Galway. They were sold by Mr and Mrs Luke Dillon-Mahon, Clonbrock, Christie's house sale, 1 November 1976, lot 12 (illustrated). Another very similar pair, probably supplied to Robert Ferguson, M.P. (d. 1840) for Raith House, Kirkcaldy, Fife, was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 6 July 2000, lot 84.
The fashionable 'moving bookcase' of this type featured in Thomas Sheraton's Appendix to the Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book, 1802 (pl. 23).