circa 1820 - 1830
A rare pair of early 19th century Regency period carved rosewood sofas designed by John Taylor and attributed to Gillow of Lancaster and London. The camel back sofas are crisply carved throughout and the inverted shell to the centre back is very typically of Gillows workshops. The sofa frames to the back are finished with rosewood veneers and are free standing. The bold up right carved arms are very typical of John Taylor's designs with floral patterns and Grecian style motifs and complement the reeded legs which stand on the original gilt brass capped castors. The diminutive sofas are upholstered in a Regency striped fabric and have the unusual but original designed side cushions which work very well with the scale and elegance of sofas.
John Taylor traded from Bedford Crescent, Covent Garden, London, as an upholsterer and furniture designer(1821-1829). He was, at one time, employed by the Royal Cabinet Maker George Oakley.
Taylor had several designs of sofas and chairs published in Rudolph Ackermann's 'Repository of Arts' between 1821-1824. This design corresponds to one in this publication, a 'Dress Sofa'. R. Ackermann's, 'Repository of Arts' 1821, (P. Agius, Ackermann's Regency Furniture and Interiors, Marlborough, 1984, p. 132, pl. 116).
Excellent, recently re-upholstered and re-covered.
This design corresponds to a design by John Taylor, a Covent Garden upholsterer whose design a 'Dress Sofa' was published in R. Ackermann's, 'Repository of Arts' 1821, (P. Agius, Ackermann's Regency Furniture and Interiors, Marlborough, 1984, p. 132, pl. 116).
Height 87.00cm (34.25 inches)
Width 198.00cm (77.95 inches)
Depth 64.00cm (25.2 inches)
Stock No: 11230