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Georgian Davenport Desk Attributed to Gillows
Georgian Davenport Desk Attributed to Gillows
Georgian Davenport Desk Attributed to Gillows
Georgian Davenport Desk Attributed to Gillows
Georgian Davenport Desk Attributed to Gillows
Georgian Davenport Desk Attributed to Gillows
Georgian Davenport Desk Attributed to Gillows
Georgian Davenport Desk Attributed to Gillows
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Georgian Davenport Desk Attributed to Gillows

  • This extraordinary 19th-century Davenport desk attributed to Gillows is crafted of rosewood
  • It features a leather-upholstered slanted writing surface and ample storage space
  • The desk was likely used as flat furniture, created in a smaller scale for London apartments
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$14,850
Item No. 31-5266

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There is more to this exceptional George IV Davenport desk than meets the eye. Attributed to famed cabinetmaker Gillows of Lancaster and London and crafted of luxurious rosewood, the 19th-century desk is compact yet offers ample storage space. Davenports were first produced by Gillows at the request of Captain Davenport and were produced in all stylistic varieties of the period. The leather-upholstered slanted writing surface allows its owner to write correspondence with ease. Additional drawers. . .
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There is more to this exceptional George IV Davenport desk than meets the eye. Attributed to famed cabinetmaker Gillows of Lancaster and London and crafted of luxurious rosewood, the 19th-century desk is compact yet offers ample storage space. Davenports were first produced by Gillows at the request of Captain Davenport and were produced in all stylistic varieties of the period. The leather-upholstered slanted writing surface allows its owner to write correspondence with ease. Additional drawers provide supplementary room for housing writing instruments and other treasures. Blending function and form, this Davenport desk was likely used as flat furniture, meaning that it was created on a smaller scale for the London apartments of the British elite.

Founded in 1730 by Robert Gillow, the Gillows firm operated successfully as a family-owned business well into the 19th century. Originally operating from Lancaster, England, Gillows was especially noted for their quality of workmanship and innovative designs. No other firm in the country had managed to gain as far-reaching and prestigious a level of patronage as that of the Gillows firm, primarily due to the quality and classic nature of their furnishings. The Gillows firm was especially popular with the English nobility and with powerful religious figures throughout the country. Clients included the Earls of Wilton, the Duke of Norfolk, the Earl of Surrey and the Archbishop of York.

Similar versions are featured in Victorian and Edwardian Furniture by John Andrews, and in The Antiques Directory of Furniture, edited by Judith and Martin Miller.

Circa 1825

31 5/8" high x 20 3/8" wide x 22 5/8" deep
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Georgian Davenport Desk Attributed to Gillows
Maker: Gillows
Period: 19th Century
Origin: England
Type: Desk/Writing Tables
Style: Georgian
Depth: 22.63 in. (57.47 cm)
Width: 20.38 in. (51.75 cm)
Height: 35.13 in. (89.22 cm)
Georgian Davenport Desk Attributed to Gillows
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