Fine George III Mahogany Chest, in the Manner of Gillows
Fine George III Mahogany Chest, in the Manner of Gillows
Fine George III Mahogany Chest, in the Manner of Gillows
Fine George III Mahogany Chest, in the Manner of Gillows
Fine George III Mahogany Chest, in the Manner of Gillows
Fine George III Mahogany Chest, in the Manner of Gillows
Fine George III Mahogany Chest, in the Manner of Gillows
Fine George III Mahogany Chest, in the Manner of Gillows

In the manner of GILLOWS OF LANCASTER & LONDON (worked 1730-1903)

Fine George III Mahogany Chest, in the Manner of Gillows

c. 1795 England

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A fine and unusual late George III Sheraton period Chest of Drawers, in the manner of Gillows of Lancaster and London.

English, c. 1795-1800.

The rectangular top, veneered in well-grained plum-pudding mahogany, with a reeded edge and rounded projecting corners, above the three graduated cockbeaded drawers, thickly veneered in finely figured mahogany, fitted with unusual period correct custom-made handles, and flanked by reeded corner columns, terminating in bold turned and reeded toupie feet. The bottom edge finely strung with ebony.

Related reeded pilasters and projecting corners of the top appear on a design for a straight fronted chest in the Gillow Estimate Sketch Books for 1789, supplied to Gillow's London shop. Similar feet and other decorative features also appear on a library desk, formerly in the collection of HRH The Duke of Kent, illustrated in Geoffrey Beard and Judith Goodison, English Furniture, 1500-1840, Oxford, 1987, p. 276 and Ronald Phillips, Fine Antique English Furniture, 2013, p. 208. For nearly identical chest (save for the legs and brasswork) see also Christie's catalogue for 4 September 2012, Lot 304.

Attached to the back boards is an early 20th century printed label reading "Ebbutt's Ltd (Croydon) Depository", which suggests possible London provenance of the chest. The item's elegant design, together with the choice of fine veneers and extensive use of quality timber (the side boards are made of dense solid mahogany), and extraordinary attention to detail (the back feet of the chest are identical to the front ones, and are reeded throughout) suggest some the best cabinetmakers of the era, the likes of Gillows or Miles and Edwards.

Literature:
Lindsay Boynton, Gillow Furniture Designs 1760-1800, Herts, 1995, pl. 115.
Geoffrey Beard and Judith Goodison, English Furniture, 1500-1840, Oxford, 1987, p. 276, ill. 3
Ronald Phillips, Fine Antique English Furniture, 2013, p. 208.

Dimensions
Width: 40.25 in / 102 cm
Height: 35.25 in / 91 cm
Depth: 22.5 in / 57 cm

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Excellent antique condition, fabulous colour and patination. Replaced (but period correct) handles, patch repairs to the veneers, two locks missing.
Private collection
Lindsay Boynton, Gillow Furniture Designs 1760-1800, Herts, 1995, pl. 115
Geoffrey Beard and Judith Goodison, English Furniture, 1500-1840, Oxford, 1987, p. 276, ill. 3
Ronald Phillips, Fine Antique English Furniture, 2013, p. 208
Christie's, 4 September 2012, Lot 304.
Dimensions
Height 35.25 inch (89.53 cm)
Width 40.25 inch (102.23 cm)
Depth 22.50 inch (57.15 cm)
Medium
Figured Mahogany
Signed/Inscribed
Ebbutt's Ltd (Croydon) Depository Label attached to the back boards.
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