Georgian Mahogany Architects Desk/Table Attributed To Gillows Of Lancaster.
A rare and magnificent George III architects desk, with double rising racheted top. The desk retains its original Bramah locks and desk leathers. The pedestals are fitted with six long oak lined drawers with solid brass pull handles. The reverse of the desk having faux panelled drawers again fitted with brass hardware so the desk can be placed centrally in a room if desired. The desk was desgined for either sitting or standing positions, and the fall front with slide out interior is fitted with alphabetically inlaid lidded compartments and supported by quadrants that were designed after a fashion popularised by Thomas Shearer's "The Cabinet Maker's London Book of Prices (1788 to 1803). Gillows made numerous variations of this form of desk during the later part of the century.. Sir Walter Scott purchased a similar desk from Gillows for his Edinburgh house in 1810, and then moved it to his study in Abbotsford in 1826.
A very similar desk is listed on page 282 plate 296 in Susan Stuart's "Gillows Of Lancaster And London" book.
The desk would make an incredible statement in a library or study/office.
PROVENENCE: This desk was originally from Victoria Carpets, it came out of the factory's design rooms and was used for designing carpet patterns, possibly since the firms move from Kirkcaldy, Scotland to Kidderminster in Worcestershire, England in 1905. Victoria Carpets hold a Royal Warrant by appointment to the Queen and supply the royal households with carpet, having supplied the red carpet for Prince William and Catherine Middleton's wedding.
The dimension of the desk are width 48.75” x depth 26” x height 37.5 “