Mahogany Library Table, Gillows, C. 1820
A fine circa 1820 English Regency period double-sided library or writing table of large rectangular form, the gilt-tooled brown leather inset top with square edge above bookended corners with rectangular ogee molded burled wood reserves, long aprons either side with banks of three drawers having finely cast-brass knobs on boldly turned and reeded legs ending in brass casters. Typically unsigned, this table is attributed to famed cabinet-makers Gillows of London and Lancaster given the signature detailing of the corners exhibited in other documented examples and the early 19th century “Gillow reeded leg”. The double-sided form of this table is commonly, but incorrectly, referred to as a “partners desk” due to its binary form, however by definition a partners desk is of double pedestal design. In addition to its original purpose, it could be chicly used as an unconventional dining table; clearance from floor to bottom edge is 24″.
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. Professionally restored. Leather top and brass drawer hardware are 20th century replacements but of good quality and stylistically correct; top with scattered staining as pictured; presents beautifully.
Number of items: Sold
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