By GILLOWS OF LANCASTER & London
circa 1825 - 1835
Rare pair of George IV solid Rosewood Drawing Room Chairs in the Rococo Revival style, by Gillows & Co. of Oxford Street, London
These chairs may well have been part of the suite of drawing room furniture made for a 'G. Bamford', the plan for which was prepared by Gillows & Co. of Oxford Street, between 1815-1835. A drawing from the plan survives in the Lancaster City Museums, showing a sofa and stool with the same bold design as the chairs. One of the chairs bears the stamp of 'H.LEE'. H. Lee was Henry Lee of Ogle Mews, London, who was a journeyman chair maker for Gillows and was probably commissioned to make the whole suite.
Between 1813 to 1840 the main focus of Gillows business became the Oxford Street, London premises, where designs for very richly carved seat furniture with extravagant neo-rococo decoration became the fashion and it was at this time that Oxford Street received such prestigious commissions as the magnificent twelve armchairs for Lord Fitzwilliam's Whistle-jacket Room at Wentworth Woodhouse in Yorkshire and the giltwood suite of seat furniture for the Red Drawing Room at Tatton Park, Cheshire.
Seat dimensions: 19.5" (50cm) wide x 18" (46cm) high x 17" (43cm) deep
Plate 213, Page 224 - 'Gillows of Lancaster and London' 1730-1840, vol 1
Height 91.00cm (35.83 inches)
Width 50.00cm (19.69 inches)
Depth 47.00cm (18.5 inches)
Stock No: 2762