575. Antique Brass Inlaid Rosewood English Tea Caddy Box Regency Gillows Lancaster

Superb example of an English Regency Rosewood Double Tea Caddy of traditional sarcophagus outline and unusually large size, with lavish brass inlay decoration. The dome shaped hinged lid enclosing a complete original fitted interior, including a hand cut crystal mixing bowl, possibly its original, and two hinged lid lift-out canisters also with decorative brass inlay, raised on original plain bun feet. First quarter of Nineteenth Century. 

Firmly attributed to Cabinetmakers Gillows of Lancaster England.  

Condition: Superb condition with no losses to brass stringing, the mixing bowl is perfect with no clouding to glass inside. Lock and key are present and working, in our opinion the lower molding at back is missing, see image.  

Width: (at widest) 13” (33cm). Depth: (at top) 6.75” (17.5cm). Height: 8” (20.25cm). 


Location: Dublin City, Ireland. 

Affordable fixed charge Worldwide Store to door shipping offered. 

Provenance: Private collection Northern Ireland. 

The Gillow family of Cabinet Makers and Upholsters came to prominence with Richard Gillow (1733 – 1811), the son of Robert Gillow, founder of the firm. Gillow’s reputation as one of the leading British cabinet making firms of the 18th and 19th centuries was established by contributions from some ten members of the family over three generations. 

During the 18th century, the Gillow firm established a reputation for producing the highest quality furniture, made by competent workmen from the best woods, in elegant but practical styles. These sometimes-incorporated ingenious devices. Gillows produced good, solid well- made furniture and were the only 18th century cabinet makers to establish and maintain a branch in both London (opened 1770) and the provinces. The Gillow Archives (now in the City of Westminster Archives Centre) comprise mainly the business records of the Lancaster branch from about 1728 to 1932 and include estimate sketches and memorandum books from 1759 to 1905. 

They are the longest and largest cabinet maker’s records to have survived in the world.  

The social status of members of the Gillow family changed as their wealth and influence increased, progressing from successful artisan craftsmen in the 1740’s to established members of the squirearchy by the early 19th century. 

We are pleased to offer this example of their fine workmanship on-line in good condition.