Gillows Side Table
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 fustic 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. ‘Fustic’ is an extremely rare South American tropical hardwood from the mulberry family that was typically sparingly used for inlay or banding in 18th and early 19th-century cabinetmaking; it is exceptionally rare to find such an expansive use of the timber as incorporated in this table, and especially as fine an example, illustrating it’s 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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