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A pair of George III mahogany bedside commodes by Gillows, 1788

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

4,000 - 6,000 GBP

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

A pair of George III mahogany bedside commodes by Gillows, 1788

A pair of George III mahogany bedside commodes by Gillows, 1788

Estimate:

4,000 - 6,000 GBP

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

A pair of George III mahogany bedside commodes by Gillows, 1788


the hinged tops opening to reveal aperture for chamber pot, faced with dummy drawers on bracket feet

78cm. high, 63cm. wide, 55.5cm.; 2ft. 6¾in., 2ft.¾in., 1ft. 10in.

A great model and of superior quality that would benefit from further attention. Nice patina but with some variation to colour, one top more faded than the other, the other top with split, small burn marks and losses to moulded edge on one side. Historic age splits to returns on one side. Generally with minor old marks and scratches consistent with age and use. Section of veneer to bracket foot missing. Will restore very nicely.


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Supplied to John Christian Curwen (1756–1828) for the 'strangers rooms' at Workington Hall, Cumbria;
Thence by descent.
Probably the pair recorded in Waste Book, 12 October 1788, p. 2555 (Westminster Archives Centre, 344/12).

RELATED LITERATURE


Lindsay Boyton, Gillow Furniture Design, 1760-1800, Bloomfield Press, 1995, p. 167 (monochrome illustration 100);

Susan E. Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London, 1730-1840, 2008, Antique Collectors' Club, 2008, Vol. II, pp. 112, Pl. 661.


The design of this beside table is a well-documented Gillows model produced during the second half of the 18th century and the firm are known to have supplied John Christian with several examples. The present pair are most likely to be the 'two very neat Mahogany night tables like chests of drawers' recorded in the Waste Book, 12 October 1788 for the 'strangers rooms' at Workington Hall.