Exceptional Sheraton Period Mahogany & Satinwood Inlaid Secretaire Cylinder Bookcase stamped Gillow
Exceptional Sheraton Period Mahogany & Satinwood Inlaid Secretaire Cylinder Bookcase stamped Gillow
Exceptional Sheraton Period Mahogany & Satinwood Inlaid Secretaire Cylinder Bookcase stamped Gillow
Exceptional Sheraton Period Mahogany & Satinwood Inlaid Secretaire Cylinder Bookcase stamped Gillow
Exceptional Sheraton Period Mahogany & Satinwood Inlaid Secretaire Cylinder Bookcase stamped Gillow
Exceptional Sheraton Period Mahogany & Satinwood Inlaid Secretaire Cylinder Bookcase stamped Gillow
Exceptional Sheraton Period Mahogany & Satinwood Inlaid Secretaire Cylinder Bookcase stamped Gillow
Exceptional Sheraton Period Mahogany & Satinwood Inlaid Secretaire Cylinder Bookcase stamped Gillow
Exceptional Sheraton Period Mahogany & Satinwood Inlaid Secretaire Cylinder Bookcase stamped Gillow

GILLOWS OF LANCASTER & LONDON (worked 1730-1903)

Exceptional Sheraton Period Mahogany & Satinwood Inlaid Secretaire Cylinder Bookcase stamped Gillow

c. 1795 England

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The now faded ebony beading to the dome pediment complements the sycamore and satinwood veneers allowing the collector's eye to focus on the fine quality of the padouk wood, that has been placed in the centre of the pediment. The large oval panel is flanked by rosewood ovals and cross-banded with ebony and boxood stringing. The four solid sycamore urns, of which three are original, have a fine ebony beading to them. The centralised purpleheart sections to the pediment sit above mahogany cased doors and satinwood glazing bars with the ever-present stringing that is repeated all over the bookcase. The adjustable shelves to the bookcase are made in solid mahogany which is a rare and distinctive feature as the majority would have been pine and faced in mahogany.

The highly figured mahogany oval inset panel to the centre of the secretaire cylinder desk is crossbanded in kingwood, with ebony and boxwood stringing and opens to reveal a stunning satinwood and ebony interior. The cabinet carries the original lion-masked brass handles to the front as well as the ivory handles to the secretaire.

The mahogany bookcase is constantly contrasted with West Indian satinwood and relates to a similar cabinet stamped GILLOWS.LANCASTER, (Plate 560, Pg.26, Vol. II. Reference Book: Gillows of Lancaster and London, 1730-1840, by Susan E. Stuart). On this cabinet, the two oval panelled doors open to three mahogany lined trays with polished mahogany fronts and stand on solid satinwood tapered block feet. The same style of foot is recorded in colour from the Gillow estimate sketch books 735/1 (Plate 538, Pg.14, Vol. II. Reference Book: Gillows of Lancaster and London, 1730-1840, by Susan E. Stuart). The coloured sketch 735/1 relates to Mr John Christian’s satinwood commode, for a dressing room at Workington Hall, 1788. (Plate 539, Pg.14, Vol. II. Reference Book: Gillows of Lancaster and London, 1730-1840, by Susan E. Stuart).





It is in excellent condition.
Dimensions
Height 232.00 cm (91.34 inches)
Width 107.00 cm (42.13 inches)
Depth 59.00 cm (23.23 inches)
External Depth 86.00 cm (33.86 inches)
Stock Code
F458
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