Robert Gillow began making furniture around 1730, some 20 years before Thomas Chippendale, and developed first a national and then an international reputation as a supplier of quality furniture to the upper middle classes, the landed gentry, and the aristocracy. The company won commissions to furnish and decorate public buildings in Australia, South Africa, India, Russia, Germany, France and the U.S., and it also executed Pugin’s designs for London’s Palace of Westminster from 1840.
The Richard Mellon Scaife estate, already realizing record setting prices since the initial Clars offering in December, will have several signature pieces offered from his famous Ligonier estate in our upcoming May 31, 2015 auction. The highlight is a Regency ormolu mounted rosewood, and parcel gilt side cabinet, attributed to Gillows of Lancaster, early 19th century.
Mr Scaife originally purchased this museum quality cabinet from the world famous, Jeremy Ltd. Antiques, London. It will carry a $30,000-$40,000 estimate.