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Desks - A large Gillows one

Posted on 31 March 2012

At the other end of the scale is this fabulous Gillows partner's desk, made nearly two hundred years later.  It is also in walnut but has a leather inset top rather than quarter veneers.  In contrast it is large and impressive with drawers on both sides so that each partner could have his own set.  This one is open through the kneehole although sometimes there is a panel in the middle, to stop them playing footsie no doubt!  The decoration is also more elaborate with carving as well as the use of burr veneers and the handles are further embellished with incised motifs. 

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