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A William IV mahogany pedestal desk
circa 1830, stamped T Willson
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 7,200 GBP
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371
A William IV mahogany pedestal desk
circa 1830, stamped T Willson
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 7,200 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A William IV mahogany pedestal desk
circa 1830, stamped T Willson
atttributed to Gillow`s of Lancaster, the moulded rectangular top with a replaced  tooled leather writing surface, the arrangement of nine drawers secured by locking pilasters, the opposing side with three frieze drawers and a pair of cupboard doors enclosing a shelf
76cm. high, 152cm. wide, 98cm. deep; 2ft. 6., 4ft. 11¾in., 3ft. 2½in.
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Catalogue Note

The stamp on this piece is that of Thomas Willson who established a cabinet retailing firm at 68 Great Queen Street, London, in the early part of the 19th century. Thomas Wilson`s name first appears in the trade directories in 1821 where he is listed as a furniture broker and appraiser, however a recently discovered trade label giving the date that the firm was established as 1818 and stating that the Willsons were cabinet-makers as well as retailers indicates that the firm`s stock was made-up not only of second hand furniture but also of items made in their own workshop. Between 1830-37, the Great Queen Street business was continued by Thomas`s wife and by 1838, their son Matthew Willson took over the company and his name is recorded until 1854.   

The Gillow`s design for a desk for Ferguson & Co. which is almost identical to the offered lot and the fine quality of the current desk suggests that it can almost certainly be attributed to Gillows and was most likely a piece retailed rather than made by T. Willson. For a futher comparison see Sotheby`s London, 3 July 2003, lot 118. 

Important English Furniture

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London