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A George III mahogany wardrobe by Gillows, 1788, possibly executed by William Stubbs

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

3,000 - 5,000 GBP

Property from the Curwen collections at Workington Hall, Ewanrigg Hall and Belle Isle, Cumbria

A George III mahogany wardrobe by Gillows, 1788, possibly executed by William Stubbs

A George III mahogany wardrobe by Gillows, 1788, possibly executed by William Stubbs

Estimate:

3,000 - 5,000 GBP

Property from the Curwen collections at Workington Hall, Ewanrigg Hall and Belle Isle, Cumbria

A George III mahogany wardrobe by Gillows, 1788, possibly executed by William Stubbs


the cavetto cornice with dentil frieze above crossbanded panelled cupboard doors enclosing a later clothes rail, the lower section with two short drawers above two long drawers on bracket feet

193cm. high, 127.5cm. wide, 63cm. deep; 6ft. 4in., 4ft. 2¼in., 2ft. 1in.

Amended: Of superior quality and excellent colour. Losses to mouldings, splits and lifting to some localized areas of veneer, buckling to one dentil moulding to upper right return proper and loss to opposite side which is present and will need to be re-attached. Would benefit from further workshop attention and generally with typical minor old marks and scratches as to be expected. Repairs around lock site. Lacking slides, with later clothes rail.


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Supplied to John Christian Curwen (1756–1828) for Belle Isle, Lake Windermere, Cumbria and possibly removed to Homeacres, Carlisle before 1949;
Thence by descent.
Waste Book, 20 May 1788, p. 2344 (Westminster Archives Centre, 344/12);
Copy of inventory of the furniture, pictures, silver, E.P.N.S. ware, Sheffield plate and china, the property of Mrs Isabel M Chance, Homeacres, Carlisle. By Telford & Scott, auctioneers & valuers, Carlisle, December 1949, possibly the 'Gents Inlaid Mahogany Chippendale Wardrobe on base with drawers, dentil cornice, 4' wide', p. 3 (Cumbria Archives DCU/1/253).

RELATED LITERATURE


Susan E. Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London, 1730-1840, 2008, Antique Collectors' Club, 2008, Vol. II, p. 66, Pls. 611-612.


Gillows supplied John Christian Curwen with ‘a Handsome Mahogany Wardrobe with sliding boxes, good brass locks & furniture & framed backs’ for Belle Isle, Windermere at a total cost of £8. 24s. 12d. including baize lining for the sliding boxes which are now lacking. An almost identical version, with similarly flamed mahogany panelled doors but supported on 'french' feet, was supplied to Robert Phillips in 1798 and executed by a William Stubbs (Stuart, op. cit., p. 66, Pls. 611-612).