George III Specimen Wood Work Table

GBP 1,750.00

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Object Description

A George 111 purplewood cross banded specimen wood Work Table. Atrributed to Gillows. Six work tables with this form of stretcher uniting square tapering legs appear in the Gillows Estimate Sketch book in the 1790’s. The firm are known to have had an interest in unusual woods.The lozenged parquetry top of this table includes calamander, yew, purplewood, rosewood, oak, satinwood, ash, ebony and partridgewood. It is recorded that the firm was sent 25ft of purplewood veneers at 10d per foot to the Oxford Street shop in December 1785.
A similar work box was supplied by Gillows of Lancaster in 1808 to Miss Elizabeth Giffard of Neerquis Hall Flintshire. The use of purplewood as the main veneer is most uncommon being used usually for marquetry inlay or crossbanding.
The rectangular hinged top inlaid with lozenges of various timbers including rosewood, burr-yew, and other woods, sits on square tapering legs joined by an incurved stretcher,

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    W:48.00 x H:76.00 x D:39.00 centimeters
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