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Victorian Kidney Shaped Desk in Richly Figured Burr Walnut - Attributed to Gillows (1 of 7)
Wick Antiques Ltd
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Victorian Kidney Shaped Desk in Richly Figured Burr Walnut - Attributed to Gillows

REF: LA471139
£16,500
€19,275
$20,755
Certified DealerApproved listing336 sales by dealer
Certified DealerApproved listing336 sales by dealer
Description
Mid 19th Century English (c.1860) Victorian antique kidney shaped desk in richly figured burr walnut, attributed to Gillows, the shaped leather-inset top above a central disguised frieze drawer and four drawers with brass handles in each pedestal, the locking mechanism hidden by means of a hinged pilaster, decorated with book matched veneers on the central back panel. The kidney-shaped desk first appeared as a writing or dressing-table during the Louis XV period (1715-1774) in France before being introduced into England in the late 18th century. It evolved to incorporate drawers and often small shelves in the Sheraton period, see ‘The Cabinet Directory’ of 1803. The finest Victorian examples were made by Gillows following the design for ‘An Oak Pedestal and Kidney Table supplied to Ferguson & Co.’ in the ‘Gillows Estimate Sketch Books’ (1840). See Susan E Stuart ‘Gillows of Lancaster and London, 1730-1840,’ (ibid), Vol. I, p.339, pl. 393 for a similar walnut desk also stamped and with Bramah locks, which once belonged to the cricket writer Brian Johnston (1912-1994).
measurements
Height:
28.75 in
Width:
52 in
Depth:
22.5 in
declaration
Wick Antiques Ltd has clarified that the Victorian Kidney Shaped Desk in Richly Figured Burr Walnut - Attributed to Gillows (LA471139) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c.1860
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This Victorian Kidney Shaped Desk in Richly Figured Burr Walnut - Attributed to Gillows is located in United Kingdom

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