Early 19th Century Gillows Mahogany Partners’ Pedestal Desk


Circa 1840

An early 19th Century figured mahogany partners pedestal desk

Height: 29.5”, 75 cms / Width: 54”, 137 cms / Depth: 36”, 92 cms

No: 11005

An early 19th Century figured mahogany partners pedestal desk, by Gillows of Lancaster the rectangular, crossbanded moulded edge top inset with a gilt tooled green leather writing surface, with three frieze drawers to each side the panel sided pedestals fitted three drawers each to one side with lockable stiles, the other with cupboards and the whole raised on plinth bases with casters under. This piece is stamped “GILLOW” in one of the drawers.

Circa 1840

Price: £5,950-00p.

Height: 29.5”, 75 cms / Width: 54”, 137 cms / Depth: 36”, 92 cms

Note: The locking bars for the pedestal drawers are what we see on contemporary Wellington Chests and are a more secure way of locking these, particularly in this instance where the hinged stiles have upstands secured behind the top frieze drawers when shut. Only once the frieze drawer has been unlocked and opened slightly, is it possible to access the pedestal drawers.

Gillows made a comparable George IV Period Library Pedestal Desk for Mere Hall, Knutsford supplied to Peter Langford-Brooke (d.1840) with the same locking stiles, panelled pedestals and doors and rounded, moulded plinths. See Christies sale catalogue, Monday 23rd May 1994 lot 179.


Delivery in the UK mainland is included in the marked price.

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