A rare form in the highest style, each with a shelved upper section of rectangular
outline, ending in scroll terminals,
above a cupboard enclosed by a pair
paneled doors, ending in splayed bracket feet;
shelf uprights are tenoned
into the bottom section, secured by wooden keys; retains locks and keys
Condition : Very good with excellent color and old
if not original finish and usual nicks and scratches ;
Left example :the feet tipped,
some minor veneer repairs and bowing to the left door front,
Right example : the upper
section with 2 well done repairs to the uprights, top shelf with two short
lower section with
minor repairs to the feet and legs, the
cupboard doors very slightly bowed, some staining to cabinet top.
Bookcases, or etageres, were usually made in
pairs on special order only.
No comparables could be found to this
unusual form. However the upright-supported shelving over a wider
horizontal base is
somewhat reminiscent of the shape of the Samuel Pepys bookcases in
the Pepys Library of Magdalene College, Cambridge, England.
is a strong possibility that it is from the Gillows manufactory in
Lancaster, due to its originality and quality.
They are not marked. However,
not all Gillows furniture prior to 1820 bears marks.
50”H x 42”L x 16”D