Description & Technical information

Drawings for a tambour writing table and a writing table by Gillows are preserved in the Westminster City Archives in London, England. It is interesting to point out that whilst many pieces by Gillows bear their incised name stamp, some pieces that do not feature this stamp are without doubt from the Gillow workshop due to identical construction and design and choice of metal mounts.

A slightly smaller writing table, with identical mounts and without doubt from the same workshop, is illustrated in Mallett Millennium.

Note: The feet have been tipped. The writing table retains virtually all the original metalwork, with minor replacements to some banding and replaced pulls to the tambour.

Height: 42 in; 106.5 cm
Height of kneehole: 25 in; 63.5 cm
Width: 55¼ in; 140.5 cm
Depth: 31¾ in; 80.5 cm

Date:  1785
Period:  George III
Medium: Mahogany
Dimensions: 106.5 x 140.5 x 80.5 cm (41⁷/₈ x 55³/₈ x 31³/₄ inches)
Provenance: Acquired under the guidance of R. W. Symonds from M. Harris & Sons, London, England, 1947.
Private collection, England.
Literature: Norman Adams Ltd., handbook, 1993, pl. 8.
Lindsay Boynton, Gillow Furniture Designs 1760-1800, 1995, colour appendix, pls 5-6.
Lanto Synge, Mallett Millennium, 1999, p. 177, illus. 219.
Susan E. Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London, 1730-1840, vol. I, 2008, pp. 296-7, pls 319-22.
Categories: Furniture