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Extraordinary Regency Architect's Desk by Gillows

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This incomparable architect's desk by Gillows of Lancaster exhibits exceptional mechanical ingenuity

Key Features

  • This rare mechanical architect's desk by Gillows of Lancaster is a wonder of Regency furniture
  • This amazing desk containshas secret compartments and a leather-lined easel top
  • Circa 1790
  • 48 1/2 wide x 27 deep x 37 high

Item Details

  • Width:
    48.5 Inches
  • Height:
    37 (closed) Inches
  • Depth:
    27 Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
    England/Ireland
An extremely rare and important 18th-century, double-sided mahogany architect's desk attributed to Gillows of Lancaster, one of the greatest furniture-making firms of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It is this architect's desk that stands as the firm's crowning achievement. Unlike most architect's tables, this desk has secret compartments under the writing surface, and the leather-lined easel top is ingeniously designed to slant in either direction. Retains its original hardware.

An original Gillows illustration of a similar desk, less complex in design, is shown in Gillows Furniture Designs 1760-1800,edited by Lindsay Boynton.

Circa 1790

48 1/2" wide x 27" deep x 37" high

Founded in 1703 by Robert Gillow, the Gillows firm operated successfully as a family-owned business well into the 19th century. Originally operating from Lancaster, England, Gillows was especially noted for their quality of workmanship and innovative designs. No other firm in the country had managed to gain as far reaching and prestigious a level of patronage than that of the Gillows firm, primarily due to the quality and classic nature of their furnishings. The Gillows firm was especially popular with the English nobility and with powerful religious figures throughout the country. Clients included the Earls of Wilton, the Duke of Norfolk, the Earl of Surrey and the Archbishop of York. Today, Gillows furnishings are held in the highest esteem and prized now more than ever for their unprecedented quality and style.

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