A pair of four-tier Regency rosewood hanging shelves. Each tier is inset with brass stringing and joined by lavish brass mounts, the top tier having an unusual gallery of acorns, thistles, lilies, anthemia, possibly emblematic of the British Isles. The sides have ‘X’ frame supports with foliate patera and classical masks.
Two similar pairs have been sold at Christies:
The first on 6th April 1995: "Fine English Furniture", Sale 5370, Lot 155:
"A matched pair of William IV Mahogany Three-Tier Hanging-Shelves attributed to Gillows of Lancaster, each with three-quarter galleried rectangular top above two further tiers, the ring-turned baluster supports centred by ring-turned X-shaped struts, one with pencil inscription to the reverse: "east wall near piano" and with further inscription "near the fireplace", the other with pencil inscription "east wall" and "east wall near oak door", variations.
Supplied to the 2nd Earl Manvers, thoresby Hall, Nottinghamshire. Thence by descent at Thoresby until sold, Sotheby's house sale, 31 May - 2 June 1989, lot 307.
There are several references to Lord Manvers in the Gillow archive for the period 1800-1840 but he seems also to have bought furniture from their lOndon retailer. This prevents exact identification of purchases because objects sold in London appear in the Gillow archive by the name of retailer alone. The Manvers archive itself suggests large scale buying, totalling as much as £3,000. As many as forty pieces by Gillow were included in the Thoresby sale."
The second on 21st May 2009 "A West Country Tradition: Avon Antiques". Sale 5969, lot 236
"A Set of Regency Ormolu-Mounted Rosewood Three-Tier Hanging Shelves, In the Manner of John Mclean, Early 19th Century
The upper tier with scrolled brackets and urn finials, above x-frame supports to the lower tiers, each shelf with pierced front gallery, on ball feet.
These china-railed shelves have golden palm-wrapped brass pillars tied by pateraed braces in the Pompeian tripod-altar fashion that was popularised by Thomas Hope in his guide " Household Furniture and Interior Decoration", 1807.
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