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Fine Quality Mid 19thc Goncalo Alves Bureau Plat In The French Style Of Good Proportions, Attributed To Gillows Of Lancaster


£8,500 | $10,317 USD | €9,799 EUR
Item Number: SA867165
Date of manufacture: 19th Century
Current Status: For sale
Seller: LVS Decorative Arts
This antique has been viewed 26 times in the past month with the most views from Germany.


A fine quality mid 19th century (circa 1840) Goncalo alves freestanding bureau plat or writing table in the French style of good proportions, attributed to Gillows of Lancaster.
This bureau plat consists of a dark blue tooled leather top with goncalo alves banding with a chamfered edge.
This leads down to three oak lined drawers veneered and cross banded with superbly figured goncalo alves with original gilt metal Rococo style handles and escutcheons with a shaped apron below, the table having three dummy drawers to the back identical to those at the front.
The sides also veneered and cross banded with superbly figured goncalo alves with original gilt metal Rococo style mount to the centre with a shaped apron below.
The bureau plat is supported on four solid gonalo alves cabriole legs, each with original gilt metal Rococo style mounts to the top with a smaller one to the foot.
To the underside of the top a date of '1840' is written in pencil and also a name that unfortunately we are unable to decipher.
Although having no makers mark, we feel this is possibly a piece made by Gillows due to the fine cabinet work, superb choice of wood and the fact that Gillows were a company known to have used Goncalo alves wood (a wood from Brazil & Portugal, also known Albuera wood or Zebrawood) from 1823 until the mid 1860's - in 1833 Goncalo alves was 40% more expensive than mahogany but less expensive than rosewood, also Gillows started to use French designs in their furniture in the early-mid 19th century.
Gillows of Lancaster and London, set up in around 1730, was an English furniture making company based in Lancaster and also London, it continued under this name until 1903 when it became Waring & Gillow after merging with Warings of Liverpool - Gillows of Lancaster and Waring & Gillow both had a very good reputation and are renowned for producing fine quality pieces of furniture.
This bureau plat is in excellent condition for age, is of stable construction and can go straight into a home, office or library etc.
LVS Decorative Arts is a family run business specialising in an eclectic mix of fine quality and decorative antiques from around the world.
Being members of LAPADA, the largest association for professional art and antiques dealers in the UK, we are committed in upholding the highest of standards.
All furniture is professionally restored to the highest of standards, using traditional methods by cabinet makers and polishers with a wealth of experience keeping the item in as original condition as possible and conserving original patina (colour) and materials whenever possible - we feel that quality restoration is paramount to the longevity of the piece.
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Internal Ref: LVS1065


This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 19th Century.


Height = 76.2 cm (30.0")
Width = 170 cm (66.9")
Depth = 91.5 cm (36.0")

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