Gillow & Company were an English furniture company, founded by Robert Gillow (1704-72) in Lancaster about 1727. Robert's younger son, also named Robert, (1745-1795) established a branch of the business in Oxford Street, London around 1769. In 1813 the firm was taken over by a partnership of Redmayne, Whiteside and Ferguson but continued to trade under the Gillow name.
During the nineteenth century, Gillows became the leading manufacturers of furniture for the rising middle and upper class market due to the quality of the materials used and craftsmanship in manufacture. For major clients it was supplying complete interior decorating schemes including metalwork, stained glass, wallpapers and the whole range of upholstery and soft furnishings as well as furniture
The company encountered financial difficulties towards the end of the 19th century and this led to a loose association with Waring of Liverpool from 1897. In 1903, Waring took over Gillows, and Waring & Gillow was established, marking the end of the Gillow name as a benchmark for quality.
Trading as Waring and Gillow the firm survived the depression and in 1962 it was taken over by Great Universal Stores. more...It merged with Maples in 1980 and in 1990 maple Waring & Gillow as it was then named was taken over by Allied Maples Group.
Gillow furniture is keenly sought by enthisiasts, not only because of its fine quality, but because many of the pieces they manufactured were signed with the Gillows name. The Gillow orders and designs were recorded in the "Estimate Sketch Books" which are preserved in the City of Westminster archives enabling historians and collectors to establish a provenance, the who and when, of some pieces that come onto the market. In 2004 Christie's London held an auction of "The Glory of Gillows and Fine English Furniture" which included 81 lots by Gillow.
In July 2008, Bonhams London held a sale of "Fine English Furniture and Works of Art including the Bracewell Collection of Furniture by Gillows and Holland & Sons", which included 43 lots by Gillow, of which 35 were sold at the auction.
46 item(s) found:
These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.
A William IV rosewood dwarf breakfront bookcase by Gillows of Lancaster, circa 1835, 99 cm high, 183 cm wide, 45 cm deep, Note: The above lot relates to a design for a 'commode' which appears in the Gillows Estimate Sketch Books for 1836 with cupbo
An Aesthetic movement, Gillows & Co oak sideboard c.1890 - 1903, having two single door side cupboards with three central drawers with shelves lower the top back section having single full length shelf with balustrade pediment stamped with 'Gillows
George IV mahogany extension dining table, in the manner of Gillows, with rounded rectangular top containing 4 leaves supported by turned and reeded tapering legs and brass castors, 173 cm to 395 cm long, 142 cm deep, 72 cm high. Provenance: Sotheby's
Fine & rare antique English inlaid mahogany sideboard, circa 1820's stamped T Wilson 68 great Queen Street London. Note - Thomas Wilson is recorded as a furniture broker and appraiser at 68 Great Queen Street between 1821-29, and is probably the same Thoma
A Victoria burr walnut folio cabinet by Gillows the folio holder with double easel action and sliding mechanism above a pair of plain glazed doors enclosing shelves, raised on a plinth base stamped to the top of the right hand door: Gillow. Width 135 cm, d
Fine & rare antique English inlaid mahogany sideboard, circa 1820's stamped T. Wilson 68 Great Queen Street, London. Approx 140 cm high, 188 cm wide, 78 cm deep. Note: Thomas Wilson is recorded as a furniture broker and appraiser at 68 Great Queen Street b
A Regency satin wood and calamander sofa table, attributed to Gillows, English circa 1815, 71.5 high, 71 cm wide closed, 66 cm deep. Provenance: Christie's New York, important English furniture, 9 April 2003 lot 54. The supports and timbers used in this so
A fine William IV rosewood library table - partners desk, attributed to Gillows the rounded rectangular top with beaded edge, two drawers and two frieze drawers on turned standard end supports with castors 112 cm width, 63 cm depth, 74 cm high
A George IV mahogany extension dining table with three graduated leaves, in the manner of Gillows, circa 1830 the rectangular top with rounded corners and thumb nail edge above a plain frieze, raised on eight turned and reeded legs terminating in brass cas
A George IV mahogany chest, maker Henry Walker of Lancaster having two short and three long drawers on square bracket feet, and stamped Hy. Walker, Lancaster an associate of Gillows of Lancaster.94 cm high, 121 cm wide 53 cm deep. 366a a pair of French mar
A late 19th century Sheraton Revival satinwood circular centre table, with inset brown leather top, supported on four columns, with out-swept feet. Maker Gillows. Registration number 12456. 74 cm high. Diameter 105 cm.
A Victorian ebonised and amboyna pier cabinet by Gillow & Co stamped manufacturer's mark to the drawer, serial number 8998, the rectangular top with a frieze drawer, above an open central section with a mirror back and a single cupboard door, the whole wit
A Regency mahogany side table in the manner of Gillows, the rectangular top with reeded edge and enclosed inkwell (lacking liners) above a long drawer and raised on reeded tapering legs, 67 cm wide, 48 cm deep, 67 cm high (26 wide, 18.5 deep, 26 high)
A William IV mahogany armchair by Gillows of Lancaster, the curved leather button back above over scrolled arms with acanthus leaf decoration, above a padded seat, plain carved front rail and raised on turned and reeded tapering legs terminating in brass c
A George IV rosewood and specimen topped library table in the manner of Gillows, circa 1830, the rectangular top with a central inset specimen marble panel above a frieze with a single drawer and gadrooned border, on baluster trestle-end supports and scrol
A William IV mahogany extending dining table by Gillows, with four additional leaves, the rounded rectangular top with reeded edge above turned and reeded legs on lobed feet, stamped to rail: Gillows Lancaster. Width 408 cm. Depth 173 cm. Height 73 cm
A fine late Regency rosewood gentleman's library cabinet in the manner of Gillows the ogee moulded cornice above four rectangular glazed doors flanked by moulded stiles above a fitted stationery drawer and a pull-out adjustable Moroccan leather writing sli
A fine George III satinwood and purpleheart banded secretaire bookcase in the manner of Gillows the upper section with arched cornice surmounted by five urn finials on pedestals with inlaid flutes, the arched and rectilinear astragal glazed doors enclosing
A fine Regency rosewood library table in the manner of Gillows, the crossbanded top with tan leather inset writing surface above two drawers outlined by bead mouldings and flanked by carved patera, on panelled waisted end supports and bead plinths with cas
A Regency rosewood writing table in the manner of Gillows, the inset tooled leather writing surface flanked by brass balustrade galleries to the sides, on turned spindle end supports and downswept legs, brass cap and casters. Width 108 cm. Depth 59 cm. Hei
A George IV mahogany breakfront cabinet by Gillows, with a pair of central moulded panel doors enclosing four sliding trays flanked by four short drawers to each side and reeded tapering columns on lobed melon feet, signed in pencil to the underside of the
A William IV mahogany three tier whatnot in the manner of Gillows, on turned supports surmounted with lobbed finials, the base fitted with a drawer stamped 7120. Width 57 cm. Depth 44 cm. Height 125 cm
A George IV mahogany serving table, almost certainly by Gillows, the galleried back above a lobed edge and panelled frieze flanked by carved foliate pater', on turned and linenfold carved legs headed by acanthus collars. Width 212 cm. Depth 83 cm. Height 1
A fine mid Victorian light oak and ebonised folio cabinet made by Gillows, the folio holder with double easel action above a pair of plain glazed doors enclosing shelves and flanked by fluted columns with overlapping leaf carved capitals, the sides with tw
Important suite of five late 19th century English Chinese Chippendale chairs by Gillows, the carved back with pierced back splat and blind frieze carvings to the legs with stretchers, stamped 'Gillows' to the interior structure
A William IV mahogany library table in the manner of Gillow, circa 1835, the well figural rounded rectangular top above a plain frieze with a moulded edge on lobed and ring turned end supports joined by a conforming stretcher and raised on over scrolled fe
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