Gillows Feathered Mahogany Antique Bookcase
The beautiful Gillows feathered mahogany antique bookcase / Victorian library bookcase ca1840
It is in the style and quality of the renowned cabinet maker Gillows of Lancaster. It has an ogee cornice above two astragal glazed doors with quality half rounded moulding, key and working locks and both interiors have four adjustable shelves. The lower section of the antique bookcase has a rectangular top above two beautifully figured cupboard doors with moulding and working locks. Each interior has one adjustable shelf. This beautiful antique bookcase stands on a moulded plinth and has original backboards, it is a rich golden mahogany colour with a striking grain, good patina, is in very good condition and has been beautifully cleaned using a traditional form of wax finishing and the antique bookcase also splits into three pieces for easy removal
Height 229cm / 90 inches
Width 165cm / 65 inches
Depth 47cm / 18.5 inches
Ref No 3303
Antique Furniture by Gillows.
Gillows of Lancaster furniture or later known as Waring and Gillow produced some of the finest pieces of English antique furniture. They were established from 1731 founded by Robert Gillow. He served his apprenticeship as a joiner and cabinet maker. When he died his firm was taken over by his two sons Richard and Robert Gillow and they expanded the business to London. They had a reputation of supplying superb quality furniture, using only the finest materials and their own unique designs. They participated in many international exhibitions, furnished many important houses and supplied several Royal homes.
In 1903 Gillows joined forces with the company Waring of Liverpool and the firm became known as Waring and Gillows.
The stamp GILLOWS LANCASTER first appeared on furniture in the 1780s. By ca.1850 GILLOW is found stamped on pieces. By the end of the 19th Century GILLOW & Co is often found, and Waring and Gillow was continued up to the 1950’s. Some pieces that were not made for a special order would be stamped with the letter L for Lancaster and would follow numbers.