23 April 2009
A GEORGE IV FLAME-FIGURED MAHOGANY BREAKFRONT WARDROBE
ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS, CIRCA 1822
The moulded cornice above a pair of panelled doors enclosing a later brass hanging rail and two adjustable part mahogany-lined slides, above four graduated part mahogany-lined drawers with convex quarter fillets and original rosewood handles, flanked by panelled doors, each enclosing a later brass hanging rail, and one adjustable shelf on the left, on vase shaped feet, two drawers inscribed in blue in '15498', end slide inscribed in blue 'W15497', the cornice inscribed in blue ink 'N15501' and with a 'STRAHAN & CO, DUBLIN' depository label numbered '15505', shelves and six slides lacking
95 in. (241.5 cm.) high; 114 in. (289.5 cm.) wide; 25 in. (63.5 cm.) deep
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An almost identical warbrobe was supplied by Gillows in 1822 to Charles Herbert Pierrepoint, 2nd Earl Manvers (1778-1860) of Thoresby Hall, Nottinghamshire (S. Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London 1730-1840, Woodbridge, 2008, Vol. II, pl. 614).
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