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Height 10'5" (3,17m).
Width 18'3" (5,56m).
Depth 20" (50cm).
This exceptionally large bookcase is also notable for the particularly fine use of timber. Not only are the cupboard doors of very finely figured flame veneer, but unusually the cornice is similarly veneered and even the plinth is of remarkably fine veneer. The firm of Gillow’s is a byword for the quality of the furniture it produced and for the materials used in its construction, and as well as the direct comparisons above, the design of this bookcase also relates to others produced by the firm, such as the well-known set at Tatton Park, Cheshire, of 1811. Other bookcases by Gillow’s of the same triple and reverse breakfront form as the present example, are those supplied to Sir John Shaw Stewart, Ardgowan House, Renfrew, in 1802, and to Edward Hobson, Hope, Manchester, in 1811. The form also features in the designs of the firm from slightly earlier, such as a ‘Gothic Library Bookcase’ supplied to Daniel Leo, Llanerch Park, St. Asaph in 1795 and a ‘Library Bookcase for Mr. Stainbank’, of 1797.
A related, smaller bookcase, with similar cornice and glazing bars, was recently on the market, having previously been in the collection of the Graham family, Golant, Cornwall.