Crocodile Mahogany Gillows Side Table, C. 1820
An extremely fine circa 1820 side or writing table by legendary English cabinetmaking firm of Gillows of Lancaster and London of rectangular form having an exquisitely grained solid ‘crocodile’ mahogany top on solid mahogany base having ‘wainscot’ cockbead frieze with concealed drawer on finely carved and turned reeded legs. The underside of the drawer has a hidden finger recess so the unlocked drawer can be opened without having to use the key (which is present), typical of Gillows quality and attention to detail. ‘Crocodile’ grained mahogany was considered the choicest of mahogany timbers and was extremely rare and expensive illustrating this tables’ quality and importance.
Stuart, Susan E. ‘Gillows of Lancaster and London 1730 -1840’. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collector’s Club Ltd., 2008, pp. 243-4, 334.
Condition: Good. Wear commensurate with age and use. Lustrous French polish; a truly exquisite piece.
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