A Jacobean revival oak pedestal desk by Gillows of Lancaster. The rectangular solid oak top retaining the original leather insert. Having a carved moulded edge above the inverted central rectangular frieze drawer. Flanked by twin pedestals each containing four graduating oak lined drawers. The drawers having Jacobean style brass tear drop handles and geometric moulded detail. The ogee moulded plinth raised on eight turned bunn feet. The ends and back of the desk also having geometric moulded solid oak panels as you would expect from a maker such as Gillows of Lancaster/Waring & Gillow Ltd. This desk is stamped Waring & Gillow Ltd but the locks are all stamped Gillows. Gillows of Lancaster merged with Warings to become Waring & Gillow Ltd C1903. This desk must have been made around that time as the use of Gillows locks would indicate. All locks are working and complete with key circa 1900-1905
Gillows of Lancaster is renowned in the world of fine furniture, with antique cabinets by this Lancashire firm held in the same esteem as those of Sheraton and Chippendale. Gillows was producing antique dining chairs and other fine furniture for over 200 years – the majority of it for the aristocracy and upper classes. Tatton Park, in Cheshire, is a masterpiece of Gillows antiques, with over 200 privately commissioned pieces in their original setting. The company was established by Robert Gillow (1704-1772). Born in Fylde, Lancashire, he travelled to Lancaster to train as a cabinetmaker, initially working as a ship’s carpenter. Lancaster was a major trading port at this time, and Robert was able to forge important links with the West Indies, importing high quality mahogany from Jamaica, Cuba and the Honduras after setting up his business.
Condition: This desk is in superb original condition, cleaned and waxed. Minor wear to the original leather as you would expect. This desk is in one solid piece
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