At a recent spring catalogue sale, a variety of quality antique furniture pieces manufactured by famous makers Gillows came up for sale – and proved they are still much sought after by fetching strong prices.
The earliest Gillows piece for sale, which was also the most interesting academically, was a cellaret-on-stand c.1790-95, made in mahogany with a tulipwood crossbanded domed lid. It carried the Gillows, Lancaster, stamp mark and still had its original Bramah lock and brass conveyance handles. This interesting piece sold for £4,800.
There was a fine example of an antique mahogany carved partners’ desk, c.1878, with the sides and front serpentine shaped, stamped Gillows number 55949 on the middle drawer. This large desk measuring 5ft 7ins x 3ft. 5ins contained nine drawers. All had their original handles made of brass, with the opposite side having cupboard doors with three decorated drawers. The desk had sculpted bracket feet and required a small amount of work, but still sold for £20,000.
Also for sale was an antique sculpted Mahogany desk – made by Gillows of Lancaster towards the end of the 19th Century – that has a carved leaf edge with a central decorated drawer, stamped Gillows, and curved apron above eight drawers. The acanthus legs have scrolling toes with castors and the desk retains its original brass locks – also stamped with the Gillows Lancaster mark; this sold for £2,600.
Antique furniture dealers were among the purchasers of this popular maker of fine quality furniture, so a visit or phone call to one of the dealers in Lancashire could be well worth the effort.
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