View 1 of Lot 109.  A GEORGE III MAHOGANY SECRETAIRE PRESS CUPBOARD, CIRCA 1790, ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS.
View 1 of Lot 109.  A GEORGE III MAHOGANY SECRETAIRE PRESS CUPBOARD, CIRCA 1790, ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS.
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A GEORGE III MAHOGANY SECRETAIRE PRESS CUPBOARD, CIRCA 1790, ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS

Estimate:

5,000 - 7,000 GBP

Property of a Lady

A GEORGE III MAHOGANY SECRETAIRE PRESS CUPBOARD, CIRCA 1790, ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS

A GEORGE III MAHOGANY SECRETAIRE PRESS CUPBOARD, CIRCA 1790, ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS

Estimate:

5,000 - 7,000 GBP

Lot sold:

6,250

GBP

Property of a Lady

A GEORGE III MAHOGANY SECRETAIRE PRESS CUPBOARD, CIRCA 1790, ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS


the upper section with cupboard doors enclosing four clothes slides, above a secretaire drawer with an arrangement of short drawers and pigeon holes around a central removable rosewood veneered 'sliding prospect' cupboard with four concealed drawers to the reverse, the lower section with two short drawers above two long drawers, one long drawer to secretaire with pencil inscription 'Gen. l Norris'

211cm. high, 128cm. wide, 63.5cm. deep; 6ft. 11in., 4ft. 2½in., 2ft. 1in.

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Sotheby’s London, Important English Furniture, 9 July 1999, lot 85 (£25,000 with premium)

The present secretaire relates closely to a design by Gillows dated 25 March 1788, which incorporates the identical fitted interior to the writing drawer. The pencilled inscription to the secretaire drawer is of a type commonly found on furniture by Gillows and almost certainly gives the identity of the original owner. For similar examples, see those illustrated in Susan Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London 1730-1740, Volume II, China, 2008, pp. 55-56 & 65, pls. 599-600 & 610.