Early 19th Century Mahogany Compartmented Writing Table, Stamped Gillows
A superb early 19th century mahogany Gillows writing table. A good example of 'Gillows' extraordinary ability to combine form and function. This compact yet useful writing table has everything, but its clever design has it all neatly tucked away!
The desk has a lifting leather adjustable writing slope, with two lifting side tops either side, enclosing various compartments. On the back is another pull-out writing surface, and a useful dovetailed frieze drawer below, plenty big enough for modern day computer paraphonalia, yet small enough to fit in anywhere, as can be seen in the photos.
The beautiful figured mahogany is wonderfully patinated, and of good colour. The desk is in very good condition throughout, with the usual quality of construction expected from this furniture maker. Its four carved feet are on the original brass castors, for easy maneuverability. It has a new replacement black hide leather writing surface, the drawer is stamped 'Gillows', making this a rather collectable and covetable antique desk.
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Size: 74cms high x 92 cms wide x 46 cms deep.
Quote Ref. No: ATGILWT0592
A bit about Gillows.
Gillows of Lancaster, also known as Gillow & Co, was an English furniture making firm based in Lancaster, Lancashire, and in London. It was founded in Lancaster in about 1730 by Robert Gillow (1704 - 1772).
Gillows was owned by the family until 1814 when it was taken over by Redmayne, Whiteside, and Ferguson, they continued to use the Gillows name. Gillows funiture was a byword for quality, and other designers used Gillows to manufacture their furniture. Gillows furniture is referred to by Jane Austen, Thackeray and the first Lord Lytton, and in one of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operas. In 1903 Gillows merged with Warings of Liverpool to become Waring & Gillows and though the furniture remained high quality it was not prestigious.