Sn3257 Excellent quality Victorian, oak library bookcase by Gillows, having carved cornice and pair of astragal glazed door with original bevelled edge glass panels enclosing 3 height adjustable shelves and flanked by reeded pilasters, projecting base having carved top above a pair of cupboard doors with 4 finely carved panels and further panelling with attractive medullary rays, enclosing shelf and flanked by reeded pilasters, standing on square legs united by shaped apron, all fitted with original locks, hinges and catches, stamped on the edge Gillow & Co.
This antique bookcase is in immaculate condition throughout. c1880
H90" W44.5" D12" -top section D17" -base
The company was established by Robert Gillow (1704-1772). He travelled to Lancaster to train as a cabinetmaker. 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. 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 fine furniture for over 200 years – the majority of it for the aristocracy and upper classes and opening in 1740 London branch quickly establishing himself as a cabinetmaker of international importance. Robert Gillow was joined by his sons, Richard and Robert, who helped develop the company’s reputation. The company furnished public buildings in Australia, South Africa, Europe, Russia, India and US, also worked with Pugin on the interiors of the Palace of Westminster, around 1840, later diversifying into fitting out passenger liners and luxury yachts. The last furniture by Gillows of Lancaster was crafted no later than 1903, when the firm merged with S.J Waring to form Waring and Gillow.
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