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Attributed to GILLOWS OF LANCASTER & LONDON (1730-1903)

Late 18th century mahogany veneered secretaire bookcase (c. 1800 England)

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Item Stock Code

50482JC

UK/USA Dimensions

98.50 inch high   54.00 inch wide   22.00 inch deep

European Converted Dimensions

250.19 cm high  137.16 cm wide  55.88 cm deep

Item Description / Dealer Expertise

A late 18th century mahogany veneered secretaire bookcase attributed to Gillows. Below the unusual moulded shaped pediment, with brass roundel decoration and stringing, are two glazed doors with unusual carved astragal glazing bars, the doors with satinwood stringing open to reveal a shelved interior, the sides of the upper section with classic reeded turned uprights, standing on a base with pull out secretairs drawer ftted with drawers and pigeon holes with below two panelled satinwood strung doors with turned reeded columns to either side, all standing on plinth base. c1800

GILLOWS OF LANCASTER & LONDON
Type Artist/Maker
Country of origin England
Started working 1730
Stopped working 1903

Furniture makers: In about 1695 Robert Gillow founded his firm in Lancaster. His son, Richard, was taken into partnership in 1757. The firm opened a London branch in Oxford Street about 1777.
Noble commissions came and in 1800, Richard Gillows took over a patent for an extending dining table which further enhanced the firm's reputation. The history of Gillows is exceptionally complete, as nearly all the order books and salesman's archives still exist. We know that the practice of stamping GILLOWS. LANCASTER started in around 1780 and continued until 1817, which might seem surprisingly early as the design seems to reflect the taste of the early Victorian era, yet it is twenty to thirty years ahead of its time.

Today, it is difficult to comprehend the range of Gillows' business at this time. They traded not only in finished furniture, but also in timber from the West Indies along with sugar and spirits from the same region. They undertook architectural joinery and fitted out entire buildings, providing wall papers, fixtures and fittings. Their salesmen toured the country with books of illustrations lavishly coloured to tempt buyers. Gilllows even pioneered 'flat-packing' in order to offer their clients a reduced price. There was no corner of the furniture trade they did not thoroughly exploit. Between 1780 and 1830, they were the furniture trade, leading in price, fashion and even work practices.

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Hallidays (Fine Antiques) Ltd

Hallidays (Fine Antiques) Ltd
Queen Street
Dorchester-on-Thames
Oxfordshire
OX10 7HL

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Contacts: Mr Reily Collins
Telephone: +44 (0)1865 340028
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Website: www.hallidays.com
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British and Continental 18th to 19th century furniture including Walnut; Georgian, Empire and Regency period furniture, along with a selection of painted furniture and Country styles; fireplaces and fireplace items, mirrors, needlework, British and Continental 18th & 19th-century porcelain.