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A magnificent late 18th century, George III period six door breakfront library bookcase. Constructed in the finest quality figured mahogany, having a moulded cornice above six astragal glazed doors enclosing adjustable shelves. The lower breakfront middle section with well figured fitted secretaire drawer enclosing an arrangement of compartments under the sliding tooled leather inset writing surface. This desk has secret compartments under the writing surface. All above six beautiful figured mahogany panelled doors revealing adjustable shelves, terminating on a moulded plinth base. The middle drawer is reassuringly stamped Gillows of Lancaster, which you can view in the photo. Outstanding colour and patination. Both its size, style and exceptional quality of timber would suggest it to have been created as a special commission. The Gillow family of cabinet makers and upholsters came to prominence with Richard Gillow (1733 – 1811), the son of Robert Gillow, founder of the firm. Gillow’s reputation as one of the leading British cabinet making firms of the 18th and 19th centuries was established by contributions from some ten members of the family over three generations. During the 18th century, the Gillow firm established a reputation for producing the highest quality furniture, made by competent workmen from the best woods, in elegant but practical styles. These sometimes incorporated ingenious devices. Gillows produced good, solid well- made furniture and were the only 18th century cabinet makers to establish and maintain a branch in both London (opened 1770) and the provinces. The Gillow Archives (now in the City of Westminster Archives Centre) comprise mainly the business records of the Lancaster branch from about 1728 to 1932 and include estimate sketches and memorandum books from 1759 to 1905. They are the longest and largest cabinet maker’s records to have survived in the world.


Height: 252cm (99.2in)

Width: 340cm (133.9in)

Depth: 64cm (25.2in)

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18th Century George III Library Bookcase by Gillows of Lancaster 18th Century George III Library Bookcase by Gillows of Lancaster 18th Century George III Library Bookcase by Gillows of Lancaster 18th Century George III Library Bookcase by Gillows of Lancaster 18th Century George III Library Bookcase by Gillows of Lancaster 18th Century George III Library Bookcase by Gillows of Lancaster

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