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A late George III boxwood and ebony strung mahogany and rosewood banded sofa table, early 19th century, attributed to Gillows

UK: Greenford Park WarehouseRestricted Species

Estimate:

4,000 - 6,000 GBP

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

A late George III boxwood and ebony strung mahogany and rosewood banded sofa table, early 19th century, attributed to Gillows

A late George III boxwood and ebony strung mahogany and rosewood banded sofa table, early 19th century, attributed to Gillows

Estimate:

4,000 - 6,000 GBP

Lot sold:

11,340

GBP

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

A late George III boxwood and ebony strung mahogany and rosewood banded sofa table, early 19th century, attributed to Gillows


the drop leaf top above two short drawers with ivory handles and escutcheons and opposing dummy drawers on trestle ends with reeded sabre legs terminating on brass cappings and castors

73cm. high, 153cm. (extended), 96cm. wide, 61cm. deep; 2ft. 4¾in., 5ft.¼in., 3ft. 1¾in.

In overall reasonable country house condition. Movement and secured hairline splits to top which displays a lovely warm colour albeit with some variation. Some losses to varnish and generally with typical old marks, scuffs and scratches consistent with age and use.


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This lot contains ivory and other restricted materials. Sotheby's recommends that buyers check with their own government regarding any importation requirements prior to placing a bid. For example, US regulations restrictor prohibits the import of certain items (including ivory) to protect wildlife conservation. Please note that Sotheby's will not assist buyers with CITES licence applications where a buyer elects to either collect or arrange their own shipping, nor will Sotheby's assist with the international movement of ivory by air, either as freight or through hand carry. Sotheby's shipping will only assist in shipping the lot to either domestic UK or EU destinations, where delivery is made by road transport. Please note that CITES licences are required for the export of any restricted species from the UK, including to EU countries. A buyer's inability to export or import these lots cannot justify a delay in payment or sale cancellation.
Probably John Christian Curwen (1756–1828) for Workington Hall, Cumbria;
Thence by descent.
Inventory of the contents of Workington Hall, made by Messrs J R Mitchell and Sons, auctioneers & valuers of Cockermouth, March 1930, probably the 'Sofa Table with two drawers' listed in the Sitting Room, p. 9 (Cumbria Archives, DCU/1/217).
Interestingly, a 'Tamarind wood sofa table with reeded Claws & Castors' was supplied to John Christian Curwen in October 1804 at a cost of £12. 12s. 0d. For a similar example see the pair of rosewood sofa tables supplied to Stephen Tempest of Broughton Hall in 1803 and illustrated Susan E. Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London, 1730-1840, 2008, Antique Collectors' Club, 2008, Vol. I, p. 264, Pl. 268.