A William IV Mahogany Fire-Screen Attributed to Gillows



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A William IV mahogany atributed to Gillows, profusely carved with scrolling leaves and lappets, with a pleated silk panel flanked by spiral twist batons, above a conforming base and on brass castors, 119.9cm high

Price £3,800

Condition good, commensurate with age and anticipated wear

Size 119.9 cm H x 67 cm W x 44 cm D

Stock number 3374

Gillows of Lancaster and London, also known as Gillow & Co., was an English furniture making firm based in Lancaster, Lancashire, and in London. It was founded around in Lancaster in about 1730 by Robert Gillow (1704–1772)

Gillows was owned by the family until 1814 when it was taken over by Redmayne, Whiteside, and Ferguson; they continued to use the Gillow name. Gillows furniture was a byword for quality, and other designers used Gillows to manufacture their furniture. Gillows furniture is referred to by Jane Austen, Thackeray and the first Lord Lytton, and in one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operas.[3][a] In 1903 Gillows merged with Warings of Liverpool to become Waring and Gillow and although the furniture remained of a high quality it was not as prestigious.