A fine early William IV mahogany breakfront bookcase firmly attributed Gillows of LancasterA fine early William IV mahogany breakfront bookcase firmly attributed Gillows of Lancaster

A fine early William IV mahogany breakfront bookcase firmly attributed Gillows of Lancaster

£ 24,500.00


Circa 1835




Overall Height 99 inches Width 89 inches Depth 21 ¼ inches

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A fine early William IV mahogany breakfront bookcase firmly attributed Gillows of Lancaster, in four sections, the top with astragal glazed doors enclosing four adjustable shelves between reeded pilasters with anthemion scroll corbels, the base with four panelled arched doors between acanthus scroll and reeded pilasters, the frieze with two short drawers and a central secretaire drawer fitted with a reading slope and two slides above small compartments, decorated throughout with rich book-matched veneers.  The secretaire drawer stamped ‘Preston’.  English, circa 1835.

Footnote: Many closely related acanthus carved terminals, anthemion corbels and other typical Gillows features can be seen on the pair of bookcases, on this website, made by Gillows & Co for the library at Dallam Tower, Cumbria in 1829, and on a bookcase shown in Susan E. Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London 1730-1840, Antique Collectors’ Club, 2008, vol. I, p.379, pl.450.  A similar large breakfront bookcase dated 1820-30 is illustrated on p.377, pl.446, ibid.

Gillows of Lancaster, founded in 1730 by Robert Gillow, was renowned for creating exquisite, handcrafted furniture that was both innovative and timeless. Their pieces were sought after by the aristocracy, wealthy merchants, and prestigious institutions worldwide, gracing the grandest homes and public buildings of their time.

Despite experiencing financial difficulties in 1814, Gillows of Lancaster continued to produce high-quality furniture, and in 1897, the company merged with Waring of Liverpool to become Gillow & Co. Ltd. Today, Gillows’ furniture is highly prized by collectors and antique enthusiasts worldwide, and Wick Antiques is proud to offer a selection of their finest pieces, showcasing their skillful craftsmanship, innovative designs, and commitment to quality.

Read our Gillows Blog here – The Furniture of Gillows and their design records 

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