A George III mahogany breakfront bookcase, circa 1800, attributed to Gillows
30,000 - 50,000 GBP
bidding is closed
- 275cm. high, 432cm. wide, 57cm. deep; 108½in., 170in., 22½in.
with six astragal glazed doors above six panelled cupboard doors, enclosing adjustable shelves, the reverse inscribed in chalk GRAHAM EX AUSTELL and EX TY WARDREAD and with paper labels inscribed in ink No 24, No 29, No 51 and No 52
West to East: The Niall Hobhouse Collection, Christie's, London, 22 May 2008, lot 90 (£78,500)
This bookcase, with its superb flame-figured mahogany and antique architectural elements, typifies the library furniture of Messrs Gillow of London and Lancaster from the early 19th century. The Grecian inspired cornice and acanthus-wrapped Roman trusses and palmettes relate to Gillow's 'large Elegant Mahogany Library Bookcases' fitted up in 1811 for the Library at Tatton Park, Cheshire (see N. Goodison and J. Hardy, 'Gillows at Tatton Park', Furniture History, 1970, plates 6A, 6B and 7A).