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Rosewood Davenport attributed to Gillows

Attributed to Gillows dated 1846.

An early Victorian, ‘Gillows’, rosewood davenport. The rectangular slope with replaced leather writing surface, and three quarter turned spindle gallery, opening to reveal a pair of real drawers over two dummy drawers enclosing pen & ink drawer opening to the side. The right hand side with three graduated mahogany lined drawers, below twin folio slides, with dummy en verso, the front and back centred by panels, standing on turned and reeded bun feet with concealed castors. Retaining the original Brahmah locks and turned rosewood handles to the drawers. One drawer signed and dated to the underside, J Wilcock 1846, by the workman.

This davenport conforms to the design in the National Archives for a Davenport made by Gillows for Ferguson & Sons.

Circa 1846


Several J Wilcock are recored working at Gillows at this date, but the most likely is John Wilcock. A wide variety of furniture made by John Wilcock was recorded in the ‘Estimate Sketch Books’ during the period 1826-1850.