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Antique Kidney Writing Table Desk Bureau Plat by Gillow 19th C

Gillow antique bureau plat | Victorian kidney shaped writing table | Ref. no. 08930 | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: 08930
Price: £ 0.00
This is a fabulous Victorian kidney shaped writing table of burr walnut and amboyna wood, with fabulous decorative ormolu...

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This is a fabulous Victorian kidney shaped writing table of burr walnut and amboyna wood, with fabulous decorative ormolu mounts, dating from around 1850. It is stamped with the name of the world famous cabinet maker and designer Gillow.

A Gillow antique bureau plat of this quality is rare indeed; this Victorian kidney shaped writing table is elegance personified. It features fabulous decorative ormolu mounts, amboyna crossbanded decoration and a single drawer, where is to be found the stamp of the renowned cabinet maker and designer Gillow. To finish, the table is raised on elegant, impossibly slender cabriole legs that terminate in ormolu sabots.

This really is the work of a master craftsman, with the burr walnut complemented by the superb intricate gilded ormolu mounts which adorn this piece. As if that weren’t enough, this Gillow antique bureau plat is finished on all sides so that it can stand freely in the middle of a room and attract admiring looks.

Condition Of This Gillow Antique Bureau Plat

This Victorian kidney shaped writing table is in an exceptional condition having been beautifully cleaned and polished in our workshops. Please take a few moments look at the images we have provided to assure yourself of this.

To Book To View This Gillow Antique Bureau Plat Personally

We're certain you will agree that it's a good idea to see important items such as this Victorian kidney shaped writing table face-to-face prior to buying. Being mindful of this, we are always happy to greet you at our North London display room to have a look at this wonderful Gillow antique bureau plat for yourself. Whilst you are here you will also be able to review our wide number of other excellent products and also talk over any questions or points that you might have. Our internal advisors are available to you to reply to queries, not simply about this Victorian kidney shaped writing table but also regarding antiques and collectibles more generally. They've got a quite a bit of expertise and are always happy to advise.

Please contact us ahead of time to schedule an appointment so that we can be sure we have the right expert on hand to advise you. We sporadically open on Saturdays, so if you wish to come at a weekend, please get in contact beforehand to be certain we will be open. When contacting us please make sure that you have the item reference number to hand so we can be certain which specific thing you want to speak about.

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The London display room is open Mon to Fri 10am – 5pm for you to view this Gillow antique bureau plat. We also open sometimes on Saturdays – but please check with use beforehand that we will be open.

To Get More Information About This Victorian Kidney Shaped Writing Table

If you are unable to travel to us, then we are always pleased to respond to any requests you may have about this Gillow antique bureau plat by email or telephone. We have in-house advisors who will be pleased to support you with any aspect of your intended purchase, so why not take the opportunity to get more information. When you contact us please don't forget to give the item reference number so we know which of our various pieces you are speaking about. You will see both our email address and our telephone number on this page.

Shipping, Delivery and Returns

Superb items such as this Victorian kidney shaped writing table need to have expert packing and transport to make sure they get to you in the very same condition that they left us. We take great pride in our shipping expertise and can deliver to virtually any location worldwide. However, we ask you to make contact to review transport arrangements and obtain an estimate prior to making any purchases, as we need to be positive that we can satisfy all your shipping requirements. As you will appreciate, some items call for delicate handling and we want to see to it that everything is in place to get it to you safely. Please quote the item reference number for this Gillow antique bureau plat when getting in contact so we know precisely what the shipping needs will involve.

You will be happy to know that shipping is free to any mainland UK destination.

If you are not pleased with this Victorian kidney shaped writing table, we offer a 14 day money-back guarantee in conformance with the Distance Selling Regulations. If you do wish to return it, you will have to pay the return shipping charges, unless we sent you something materially different to what you were expecting or have mis-described it in some material way. You must return the product back in its' original condition and packaging.

You will be liable for any customs duties, taxes or fees that fall due outside the European Union.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 73 x Width 116 x Depth 67

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 foot, 5 inches x Width 3 foot, 10 inches x Depth 2 foot, 2 inches

Our reference: 08930

Gillow & Co. -
was originally founded in Lancaster in 1730. Gillow’s of Lancaster was a household name in Victorian Britain, and the firm exported furniture throughout the Empire. Key to the company’s success was the dynamic father and son team at its core.

The London branch was opened in 1775. Among Gillow’s most successful pieces during this period were those made in the Neoclassical style from original drawings by Robert Adam. In the period 1813-1820 the Gillow family gradually withdrew from personal involvement with the business.

In 1897 Gillow & Co. merged with a Liverpool firm and they henceforth traded as Waring & Gillow.

A very large portion of Gillows furniture was not stamped so you see many pieces associated to Gillows, due to the style, and design. The Gillows stamp can sometimes be seen under table tops, on the top edges of drawers, on the back legs of chairs or sometimes the signature would be written in pencil under drawer linings by the cabinet makers of the firm.   The earliest marks were in the form of a printed label ‘Gillow and Taylor’ and this is very rare to find as they would rip or fall off over time. ‘Gillows Lancaster’ stamp was seen from the  1780s  up to around the 1850s/60s, when it was changes to ‘Gillow’, as can be seen in this piece.

is a type of wood which has its origins in Indonesia (the preferred veneer comes particularly from the Andaman Islands). The grain texture is one of the most seldom and exclusive on earth.

The burls are often very small, which is why the sheets of veneer come in small dimensions. The colours range from deep yellowish-orange to dark red.
After finishing the surface, the grain texture of amboyna wood has a depth and richness unmatched in other textured woods.


Walnut & Burr Walnut

Walnut is a hard, dense, tight- grained wood that polishes to a very smooth finish. It is a popular and attractive wood whose colour ranges from near white in the sapwood to a dark hew in the heartwood. When dried in a kiln, walnut wood tends to develop a dull brown colour, but when air-dried can become a rich purplish-brown. Because of its colour, hardness and grain, it is a prized furniture and carving wood. Walnut veneer was highly priced and the cost would reflect the ‘fanciness’ of the veneer – the more decorative, then the more expensive and desirable.

Burr walnut refers to the swirling figure present in nearly all walnut when cut and polished, and especially in the wood taken from the base of the tree where it joins the roots. However the true burr is a rare growth on the tree where hundreds of tiny branches have started to grow. Burr walnut produces some of the most complex and beautiful figuring you can find.

Walnut "burrs" were often used to make fabulous furniture.  Veneer sliced from walnut burl is one of the most valuable and highly prized by cabinet makers and prestige car manufacturers and is also a favourite material for shotgun stocks.

 Inlay was commonly used in the production of decorative burr walnut furniture, where pieces of coloured veneers are inlaid into the surface of the walnut, adding delicate or intricate patterns and designs. Inlays normally use various exotic  veneers, but other materials such as  mother-of-pearl, brass or bone were  also be used.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 73 x Width 116 x Depth 67

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 foot, 5 inches x Width 3 foot, 10 inches x Depth 2 foot, 2 inches


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Delivery and return policy:

We require that someone be home on the agreed delivery day if applicable, otherwise a redelivery fee will apply.

In accordance with Distance Selling Regulations, we offer a 14-day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with the item.

The item must be returned in its original packaging and condition.

Unless the item is not as described in a material way, the buyer is responsible for return shipping expenses.

Buyers are fully responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that may be incurred on items sent outside of the United Kingdom.

Returns will be processed within 2-3 business days of receipt.

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