An Exceptional George lll Late Eighteenth Century Feathered Mahogany Gentleman’s Dressing Chest of Serpentine outline.
Firmly attributed to Gillows of Lancaster. Circa 1780.
The serpentine plain top above four long graduated drawers, the top drawer fitted with eight lidded compartments, a pull-out tray, a divided hair comb compartment, a double sided green baise lined hinged writing surface and a central dressing looking glass, with a pen and ink drawer. Two crystal and silver ink containers are associated.
Finally this exceptional piece is supported by slender bracket splayed feet.
Condition: Superb condition for such an early piece, professionally re-finished, retaining its original polished brass handles.
Height: 34.75” (88cm). Width: 39.5" (100.5cm). Depth: 23” (58.5cm).
Gillows of Lancaster: Founded by Robert Gillow (1704-1772) were probably the most celebrated of all English and Irish Furniture Makers. They were established in the early 18th Century making fine furniture which was extremely desirable and very sought after.
Footnote: See Lindsay Boynton, Gillow Furniture Desighs 1760-1800, plate 117, (no.11 & 105) for a design for a similar Dressing Commode dated 1787 made by Thomas Briscoe.