Very Fine 19th Century English Regency Writing Table


A very fine 19th century English end support Regency writing table attributed to Gillows. The original leathered top with a gadrooned moulding above a frieze housing a pair of concealed drawers raised on well turned supports, richly carved with shaped reeds terminating in segmented melon feet.

Footnote: Robert Gillow was born on 2 August 1704 in Lancashire and founded the luxury furniture firm Gillows of Lancaster in 1730, following his apprenticeship as a joiner and cabinet maker. As a very young man he sailed to the West Indies as a ships carpenter, and it was in Jamaica that he became interested in mahogany, bringing samples back to England in 1720. This is reputed to be the first mahogany to be brought to British shores. He continued to charter ships to import the slow grown mahogany providing him solid timber of exquisite quality, which was not otherwise available at that time. His firm quickly established the reputation of supplying high quality furniture to some of the wealthiest families in the country, and they specialised in unusual veneers and painted designs such as japanning.

By 1764, a permanent London branch of Gillows had been established in Oxford Street by his son Thomas, and following his retirement in 1769, the firm was managed by his two sons, who continued its trade well past his death in 1772, and then by succession into the early 19th century. By the late 1800’s the company began to flounder and went into partnership with Waring of Liverpool and in 1903 the company officially became known as Waring and Gillow. The new entity continued to trade until going into receivership in 1932.

Gillows furniture has the esteemed reputation for its high level of craftsmanship and unique design, which is still highly sought after today.

Circa: 1830

1690mmL x 500mmD x 1100mmH

Re-polishing or Waxing

As part of restoration, we can clean and gently re-polish and or wax this piece of antique furniture depending on your individual taste. Our French polisher has been with us for 40 years, and does everything by hand. No spray guns, and no nasty polyurethane sprays. Polishing allows the grain of the piece of furniture to become evident once again, and waxing provides a soft glow, however there is also the option to keep the piece in totally original condition if this is your preference. To discuss the best restoration option for this piece please don’t hesitate to phone or email us.

Re-decorating/Finishing Options

Where we can, unless instructed otherwise by you, we try to keep the original decoration of a piece where we can. Sometimes, due to the age, condition or your personal taste, this is not possible. I such instances as these, we work with you to sympathetically re-decorate the piece of furniture using traditional techniques to achieve a beautiful and elegant result. To discuss the best restoration option for this piece please don’t hesitate to phone or email us.

Customise Your Desktop Leather

Where possible, we try to salavage the original leather on a piece if it is beautiful, however this is not always possible where time has left to great a mark. We offer clients the opportunity to have a high quality custom desktop leather made to your exact specifications.

Do you have a particular colour scheme you’re trying to work with? Simply provide us with a colour swatch and we will have one made to match. Options include matt or colour graduated, aged with patina or looking brand new and don’t forget to tell us what style of embossing you’d like for your borders and if you’d like them gilded as well.

To discuss desktop options for this piece, please phone or email us.

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Restoration & Interior Design

The process of bringing the collection back to life is incredibly exciting for our clients as it respectfully rescues long forgotten beauty, and allows clients to make their own personal mark on the antiques by determining how they are to be restored, to what level and with what finishes and fabrics.

Wallrocks offer an interior decorating service for our clients to help them put together their rooms and furniture beautifully. We have a passion for incorporating fine quality antiques into both contemporary and traditional settings to create breathtaking interiors. We combine expertise with a fresh, modern design sensibility which makes us uniquely placed to help customers realise their personal creative vision.

Our focus is to assist buyers who are ready to move on from the world of mass-produced furniture to be daring enough to explore the world of antiques – the world of living art.

Whatever you’re picturing, our custom service can create it. As well as guaranteeing the quality of the finished piece, we’ll advise you if any request threatens the integrity of the item. We have a beautiful collection of fabrics, leathers, trims, colours and finishes to choose from. To discuss restoration of any specific please please contact us.

We work very closely with clients to ensure the result is what they want.

Wallrocks has over 35 years experience shipping antiques all around the world.

Be assured that we invest in the safe delivery of all our antique furniture, and track all our deliveries. It is of paramount importance to us that your purchase arrives at your home safely, and we personally pack all items ourselves prior to shipping.

Delivery Within Australia

For delivery of antique furniture to anywhere beyond a 150 kilometre radius of Brisbane CBD, Wallrocks relies on a number of reputable carriers, depending on your requirements, to ensure safe delivery. Please ask for a quote.

We have a complimentary delivery service of antique furniture within a 150 kilometre radius of Brisbane CBD. We will personally deliver it to your door to guarantee it arrives safely.

Overseas delivery

International customers can be confident that Wallrocks are experienced in shipping freight around the world by sea and air. Freight charges will be determined and quoted at the time of purchase.

Please contact us to discuss your delivery options.

Delivery times

Wallrocks delivery service is subject to restoration times. Our pieces are hand restored in the traditional methods and do take some time. We will always do our best to fit in with our customers’ delivery time frames and will discuss this at the time of purchase.

Are you in mid-renovation? We offer free storage of your Wallrocks purchase for a negotiated period of time with individual customers. Please contact us to find out more…

We understand buying antiques online can be of concern for some customers. For this reason, if you purchase a piece from Wallrocks and the piece that arrives is not as we have described, then we will provide a 100% refund. In 35 years of business this has never been necessary, but we provide this option as a safety-net to all our customers.

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