This is a superb antique Victorian burr walnut pedestal desk, by the world renowned cabinet maker, Gillow & Co, Circa 1880 in date.
It is made from fabulous burr walnut, which has a the rectangular top inset with a fabulous green and gold tooled leather writing surface, the top features an elegant ogee moulded edge and the right hand frieze drawer bears the Gillows impressed stamp and the serial number 14102.
It has an arrangement of nine graduated drawers with turned walnut handles and it stands on a plinth base.
Instill the elegance of a bygone era to a special place in your home with this fabulous antique desk.
With original working locks and key.
In really excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned, polished and waxed in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 76 x Width 137 x Depth 68
Height 61 x Width 49 – Kneehole Dimensions
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 foot, 6 inches x Width 4 foot, 6 inches x Depth 2 foot, 3 inches
Height 2 foot x Width 1 foot, 7 inches – Kneehole Dimensions
Gillow & Co. –
was originally founded in Lancaster in 1730. Gillow’s of Lancaster was a household name in Victorian Britain, and the firm exported furniture throughout the Empire. Key to the company’s success was the dynamic father and son team at its core.
The London branch was opened in 1775. Among Gillow’s most successful pieces during this period were those made in the Neoclassical style from original drawings by Robert Adam. In the period 1813-1820 the Gillow family gradually withdrew from personal involvement with the business.
In 1897 Gillow & Co. merged with a Liverpool firm and they henceforth traded as Waring & Gillow.
refers to the swirling figure present in nearly all walnut when cut and polished, and especially in the wood taken from the base of the tree where it joins the roots. However the true burr is a rare growth on the tree where hundreds of tiny branches have started to grow. Burr walnut produces some of the most complex and beautiful figuring you can find.
Our reference: A1953