circa 1770 - 1780
Extremely rare 18th century George III period mahogany chest attributed to Gillows of Lancaster & London.
The highly figured butterfly quarter cut veneers retain an extraordinary depth of colour with a rarely seen patina that co-exists with the original wax finish. The thumbnail moulding to the rectangular frames the most splendid quarter cut veneers which are deliberate in form to make the most out of them.
The two short and three long graduated full length drawers are oak lined with fine mahogany dove tails, fitted with the original brass locks. The well figured mahogany drawer fronts are fitted with the original chased gilt ormolu rococo swan neck handles and back plates with matching escutcheons. The graduated drawers are flanked and adorned with tapered ring turned capitals and sit above a thumb nail moulding on plain mahogany sides and raised on 'Gillow' ogee bracket feet.
In original untouched condition
The extravagant rococo handles and ogee bracket feet relate to the John France’s press or ‘large piece of furniture’, 1766. Gillows had a sketch for the piece of furniture that was made in 1766 for John France Junior (d.1817) of Rawcliffe Hall, in the Lancashire Fylde.
Reference: Susan Stuart Book, Gillows of Lancaster and London. Plate 598.
Westminster Archive Centre
Height 83.00cm (32.68 inches)
Width 100.00cm (39.37 inches)
Depth 56.00cm (22.05 inches)
Stock No: 11326