Lot n° 64
Oxford Street. London. The Furniture Catalogue. Everything for the Furnishing of the Home. London. Paris. Bruxelles. [Londres, Charles F. Higham Ltd et Hudson & Kearns Ltd, 1910], in-4 oblong demi percaline gris-bleu d'éditeur, plats de carton fort, titre en noir et rouge au 1er plat. 4-248 pp. Catalogue important entièrement illustré de 20 planches en couleurs et très nombreuses photographies en noir. Chaque modèle est présenté avec ses caractéristiques = dimensions, qualité, matière première, etc. Précieuse et importante documentation sur le Design anglais du début du 20e siècle présentant des centaines de modèles de pièces de mobiliers et décoration pour la maison. Hall Stands, Hat Raks, Hall Wardrobes, Umbrella Stands, Palm Stands, Hall Tables, Book Cases, Bookracks, Dinner Gongs, Coffee Tables, Stools, Settees, Benches, Hall Chairs, Rug Chests, Mirrors, Sideboards, Dinner-Wagons, Dressers, Buffets, Music Cabinets, Bureaux, China Cabinets, Wardrobes, Dressing Tables, Washstands, Pedestal Cupboards, Boot Cupboards, Medicine Cupboards, Towel Airers, Cheval Mirros, Linen Presses, Drapery, Tapestries, Cretonnes, Lampshades, China & Glass Ware (4 planches en couleurs), Wincanton (3 planches en couleurs), Crystal Table Services, Carpets (2 planches en couleurs), Chimneypieces, Bathroom Furniture, etc. etc. Robert Gillow, the originator of the Gillow furniture making company, was born in Singleton in the Fylde region of Lancashire in 1704 Working out of Lancaster, Robert was known for his use of mahogany, a popular wood imported from the West Indies - Robert's clever use of this material turned a hitherto small and unknown local cabinet-making company to a world famous enterprise, whose work is still widely collected, copied and admired today.When Robert Gillow died in 1772, the business passed to his two sons, Richard and Robert. While Robert managed the London branch, and was thereby familiar with all the latest London fashions, Richard ran the Lancashire base. It was between 1750 and 1811 that some of the best English furniture ever was being fabricated by the Gillow company in Lancaster.Richard was also a respected and popular figure in Lancaster and attracted many skilled craftsmen to work with him. Richard had also a trained architect and several important buildings in Lancaster are to his credit, including the Custom House on St George's Quay, which now houses the Maritime Museum. Richard died in 1811 and his son, another Richard, born in 1772, succeeded him in the family company. In 1827, he purchased Leighton Hall near Carnforth, where he lived until his death in 1849 The company name soon became associated with honest quality and value for money. Gillows continued to expand, and beside their traditional furniture-making they began to specialise in fitting out luxury yachts and liners. The Royal Yacht 'Victoria and Albert', Tsar Alexander III's yacht 'Livadia' and the ocean liners 'Lusitania', 'Heliopolis' and 'Cairo' were all fitted out by the Gillow company.In 1903, following a collaboration for the 1900 Paris Exhibition Pavilion contract, Gillows merged with S J Waring to form the company of Waring and Gillow. Their final ship fitting contract was with the Cunard liner 'Queen Elizabeth'.Many examples of their work can be found around Lancashire, and there is a Gillow Museum in Lancaster. Other examples can be seen in the Lancaster City Museum; Lancaster Town Hall, and Leighton Hall. Traces d'usage et bords usés sur les plats, mors supérieur doublé de percaline noire, petite usures aux coiffes, traces de doigts pâles marginales, quelques feuillets déboîtés, sinon intérieur frais et en bonne condition pour ce type de document.