A Late Georgian/Regency Period mahogany antique secretaire bookcase probably by Gillows Of Lancaster. The upper section having a stepped and moulded cornice above a beautiful figured mahogany frieze and having twin astragal glazed doors, enclosing six adjustable shelves (each side has separate shelving). The lower section having an arrangement of two over four graduating oak lined drawers with the two short and first long rectangular drawer front being the fall front for the secretaire section. The secretaire enclosing a wonderful interior with the usual arrangement of pigeon holes and drawers, with exquisite ebony, satinwood and gilt bronze mounted columns which act as "secret" drawers and a green baize lined writing surface. The drawer fronts retaining the original oval backplate handles apart from the bottom drawer which has two replacements of the period. The drawer fronts constructed using the finest Cuban mahogany and with solid cuban mahogany sides, the whole raised on the original shaped bracket feet English circa 1800-1810
Condition: This secretaire bookcase is in superb original condition and patination. This bookcase was recently removed from a Vicarage in the Lake District which was thought to have been furnished by Gillows in the early 19th Century. The use of timber and quality would also indicate this.
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