Regency rosewood chess table accredited to Gillows of Lancaster and London
A fine Regency chess table, dating to approximatly 1800, attributed to Gillows of London and Lancashire. The table is made from rosewood with bear yew panels and stringing to form the playing surface.
Gillows of Lancaster and London, also known as Gillow & Co., was an English furniture making firm based in Lancaster, Lancashire, and in London. It was founded around in Lancaster in about 1730 by Robert Gillow (1704–1772)
Gillows was owned by the family until 1814 when it was taken over by Redmayne, Whiteside, and Ferguson; they continued to use the Gillow name. Gillows furniture was a byword for quality, and other designers used Gillows to manufacture their furniture. Gillows furniture is referred to by Jane Austen, Thackeray and the first Lord Lytton, and in one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operas. In 1903 Gillows merged with Warings of Liverpool to become Waring and Gillow and although the furniture remained of a high quality it was not considered as prestigious.
Size; 46 cm wide x 45 deep x 77 high
Price; £ 2,850
Stock number 6048