Gillows of Lancaster Victorian dining chairs and antique desks are Lancashire born and bred. The news is, they’re just as popular down South – with those “in the style of” Gillows selling for almost as much as the originals.
This was the message at Sworders auction rooms in Stansted, anyway, when they had a small collection of Gillows furniture on November 30th. Part of a larger sale, it included antique desks, cabinets, dining tables and Victorian dining chairs, some from Lancashire, and others made in London. Gillows Victorian dining chairs may have Lancashire origins, but it was London where they made their mark on society.
The sale included a few surprises. For example, among the antique desks was a three-drawer George lV writing table, on reeded legs, which made £2,000 despite being “in the manner of” Gillows. Another lot was a pair of handsome leather upholstered Victorian library chairs, also copies, which went under the hammer for £4800. A Regency night table incorporating a pull-out commode, and inscribed ‘Edw. Pye, April 30, 1812′ was sold for £1,200. Little is known of Pye, but he is known to have worked at Tatton Park – familiar to Preston for its antique desks, dining chairs and other Gillows furniture.
Several items didn’t fare so well. For example the second of the antique desks in the manner of Gillows, a George III strung style with a sliding writing slope over bow doors and drawers, was not sold, neither were two Pembroke tables and a wine cooler. Although the desk was in the manner of Gillows, the other items were originals.
You don’t need to travel down South to find quality antique desks. In Preston, there are plenty of antique dealers with Gillows original masterpieces to show you.
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