circa 1772, attributed to Gillows
the pair of doors enclosing sliding trays, bearing a label on the back inscribed RICHARD CLOWES ESQ / HUNTSBANK PARK .
This is almost certainly the linen press recorded in Gillows' record books 1771-2 (Westminster City Archives Reel 344/3, page 212), invoiced on 3rd February 1772, to "Richard Clowes Esq at Huntsbank near Manchester...For a very Handsome Mahogany Wardrobe with Gothic Cornice, Ornamented Doors, Panneld Backs & Suit of brass Locks....£9.9.0" (see illustration).
A drawing of a desk and bookcase taken from the Gillow`s sketch book of 1771 (see illustration) shows a piece with an almost identically carved cornice to the offered lot.
A similar example was sold Sotheby`s New York, 13 October 1994, lot 394.
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