An important early 19th century rosewood and brass inlaid drum table attributed to George and Richard Gillow of Oxford street, London, retaining the original gilt tooled patinated purple morocco leather top, cross banded and brass strung above four drawer frieze, exquisitely inlaid with panels of scrolled Boulle work; supported by a waisted fluted and gadrooned column on a concave sided triform base similarly inlaid and terminating in gadrooned bun feet. Strong similarities in design and identical brass inlay compared with the well documented Hackwood Park library table confirm an attribution to Gillows and it is possible that this magnificent table once stood alongside the library table at Hackwood Park. Gillows Memorandum states: ‘Apart from this desk (library table) the furniture included a ‘buhl’ drum library table en suite…the table…had a purple leather top to match the desk and purple silk in all the library doors’.
Literature: Susan E. Stuart, ‘Gillows of Lancaster and London 1730-1840’, Vol 1, London 2008, pp.289-292. Christies, ‘Hackwood Park’, 20th-22nd April 1998, pp.32-35.
By repute Hackwood Park.
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