An exuberantly carved and brass inlaid Irish Regency period mahogany secretaire bookcase, c1820, from Cork. Apart from the typically Irish flamboyant lion paw feet, the use of divided rope twist columns is a feature of Cork furniture makers; combined with profuse cut brass inlay, these decorative flourishes create a spectacular decorative effect, in our experience, rarely surpassed.
A Louis XVth period carved and serpentine fronted commode in Acacia wood, retaining its original ‘snail’ pattern carved feet, c1750 $7,485 1.43m wide; 0.71m deep; 0.91m high
Mid 18th Century carved oak ‘arc en arbalette’, or serpentine fronted commode from Alsace c1750
1.17m wide; 0.625 deep; 0.86m high
‘Tower Corners’ were a particular feature of Gillows’ production from about 1790 and by 1800, were decorated with carved reeding. This piece is also stamped for Edwards & Roberts. Edwards & Roberts was founded in 1845, and by 1854 were trading as ‘Edwards & Roberts, Antique and Modern Cabinet Makers and Importers of Ancient Furniture’. … They also retailed many items of second-hand furniture, so an Edwards & Roberts stamp does not necessarily mean that the item was made by them. In this case, the compactum was quite old by the time its stamp had been inserted; the design is very typical of Gillows ‘house style’ and would have been a special commission to suit a particular client’s needs. 1.82m wide; 0.585 deep; 1.06m tall