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A Regency mahogany dining table with swivel central section and extending mechanism which takes six additional large leaves and two smaller end leaves. All with plain edges and with tracked bearers. The frieze with inlaid panels raised on reeded and turned baluster legs ending in brass cup castors.
A fine Regency mahogany extending dining table after Richard Gillow’s patent no. 2396 which was ‘calculated to reduce the number of legs and pillars and claws in the construction of dining and other tables, and to facilitate and render easy their enlargement and reduction in size.’ The first ‘sett of patent tables’ drawn in the Lancaster Estimate Sketch Books in June 1801 was ordered by Lord Strathmore. This particular table relates most closely to a table in a private collection featuring a brass plaque set into the edge of the ‘D’ end board engraved ‘GILLOW’S PATENT No. 53.’
The ingenious feature of this table is a device that enables the central board, or bed, to swivel to a ninety degree angle allowing the table frame to extend to take a further six leaves and two end leaves. The entire mechanism runs on a track system made up of brass sliders. Gillow’s use of brass replaced the ironwork and bolts that he used in earlier designs before 1801. When the leaves are removed, the table can be neatly reduced to a compact side table formed only of the central leaf, the frieze below the top beautifully veneered and inlaid to allow its use as such.
The whole table is raised on eight reeded, tapering legs ending in its original brass castors.
Susan E. Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London: 1730-1840 (Suffolk: Antique Collector’s Club, 2008), vol I, p 240-242.
Margaret Jourdain, Regency Furniture (London: Country Life, 1965), p 64-65.
Frances Collard, Regency Furniture (Suffolk: Antique Collector’s Club, 1985), p 85.
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