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Gillows of Lancaster Walnut and Maple Wardrobe and Linen Press c. 1875

Of exhibition quality and in exceptional original condition
Dated
c. 1875
Dimensions
95.25 inches wide max (242 cms)
71 inches high max (180 cms)
30 inches deep max (75 cms)
Full Description
Of exhibition quality and in exceptional original condition.

This is a very fine combination Medieval revival wardrobe with linen press of the finest quality commissioned from Gillows of Lancaster by the Edinburgh firm William Scott Morton & Co.

Made by Gillows in c. 1875 and of solid walnut with fielded panels of maple and with elegant gilt highlights and finely dovetailed oak lined drawers and slides. Original faded red velvet to back of shelves.

The central press cupboard enclosing four oak lined slides with drawer below and two open shelves above. The flanking wardrobes each with brass hooks and rail, with an oak lined base drawer and green cloth lining all in excellent condition.

Each of the doors with roundel finely executed romanesque profiles of the composers Handel and Haydn and of the great literary friends Goeth and Schiller. The wardrobe doors and side panels with carved guilloches.

The cupboards flanked by carved figures raised on turned tapering columns in the Gothic manner and each holding a symbolic item - a book, a globe, a serpent and an hourglass.

Original gilt brass handles and locks with three working keys. With finished and panelled back and supported on a breakfront shapely plinth set on turned squat bun feet.

Of handsome and impressive proportions yet not overly tall or massive and the whole providing a huge amount of storage.

Exhibited by Liberty in 1996 (and sold here with Liberty's original letter of attribution to Gillows of Lancaster).

Minor scuffs, marks and dings consistent with very careful use. Separates into five sections for transport - cornice, plinth, press and two wardrobes.

A superb and unique masterpiece by the most renowned cabinet maker of the 19th Century and dating from c. 1875.

Strongly recommended