A stunning quality Gillows burr walnut antique fold over games table. The rectangular fold over top veneered in beautifully figured burr walnut with purple heart, Kingwood, sycamore and boxwood banded detail, opening to reveal a maroon baize lined interior with a burr walnut and purple heart veneered border and beautifully engraved brass hinges. The frieze with similar inlaid detail, supported on four turned and reeded columns with ormolu beaded detail, raised on four swept supports with Kingwood cross banded detail united by a turned and reeded stretcher with inset brass castor's, stamped by the makers Gillows, circa 1870
Gillows of Lancaster is renowned in the world of fine furniture, by this Lancashire firm held in the same esteem as those of Sheraton and Chippendale. Gillows was producing 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 games table is in stunning restored condition, replacement baize interior
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