PAIR OF SIDE CABINETS ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS OF LANCASTER - REF No. 4068
H: 49 in / 124. 5 cm ; H: 36 1/2 in / 92.5 cm / D: 16 1/2 in / 41.5 cm
A pair of Louis XIV style gilt-bronze mounted calamander breakfront side cabinets, the Algerian brèche sanguine marble tops above a cupboard door incorporating Japanese lacquer panels, Edo period 17th century, opening to reveal a single adjustable shelf, on spiral fluted tapering feet.
These opulent English cabinets, conceived in the Louis XIV style, employ an array of exotic materials which when coupled with the finely chased gilt-bronze mounts point to a commission of some importance. The vivid brèche sanguine marble tops were mined in Algeria - a source of exceptional marbles championed by British diplomat and naturalist Sir Lambert Playfair (1828 –1899) following a visit in 1880 – and the highly prized Japanese lacquer panels would have originally formed part of an Edo period chest. Tantalizingly, these cabinets do not bear a maker's stamp although it is worth comparing them to a similarly conceived Louis XIV style cabinet with Butchoff Antiques which is stamped Gillows 1866 and relates to the firm's designs for 1874.