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Vintage Gillows Style Mahogany Writing Table Desk 20th C

Vintage Gillows Style Mahogany Writing Table Desk 20th C Sold

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This attractive piece is a handsome mahogany writing table, styled in the manner of Gillows and dating from the latter half of the twentieth Century.

Gillows was a famous London based 18th Century English furniture maker, well known for the production of some of the finest pieces of mahogany furniture in England at the time. The firm of Gillows, renown for its craftsmanship, was started by Robert in 1731 and continued by his sons Richard and Robert. The firm moved to London from Lancashire and became recognised as one of the leading cabinet makers of their time.

One of the designs for which they became famous for was the Davenport desk – a compact ladies desk first produced for a certain Captain Davenport. The Davenport desk had a very distinctive style which is reflected in this mahogany writing table.

This Gillows writing table is crafted from finest quality mahogany and has a striking hand tooled and gilded inset leather writing surface.

By way of storage, this lovely mahogany writing table features three spacious drawers specifically designed to hold stationery and all your other office sundries.

With all the refinement and elegance that is typical of classic eighteenth century furniture, this table stands on distinctively turned legs which terminate on brass castors for ease of movement.

The writing table is complete on all sides so it can be placed in the middle of a room against a wall, as the owner prefers. This makes it an extremely practical piece of furniture that works equally well in a large home or in a business office.


The item is in excellent condition having been fully cleaned and beautifully re-polished in our workshops. Please look at the photos to confirm this for yourself.

Viewing and Further Information

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Shipping, Delivery and Return

This is a very nice Gillows writing table and it requires expert packing and shipping. We are able to ship to any destination worldwide and will take care of the packing for you, but please do call or email for a shipping quotation before purchasing the item so that we can fully discuss your requirements. We ship to any mainland UK address free of charge.

If you are not satisfied with this Gillows style writing table we offer a 14-day money back guarantee in accordance with the Distance Selling Regulations. You will be responsible for the return shipping fees for this mahogany writing table, unless we have erroneously described the item in some material way and you do not receive what you were expecting. You must return the item in its original packaging and condition.

You are also responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that fall due outside the European Union.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 74 x Width 149 x Depth 76

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 4 feet, 11 inches x Depth 2 feet, 6 inches

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).


is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

Our reference: 00775M