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Waring & Gillows Glazed Ebonised Mahogany Bookcase



Waring & Gillows glazed ebonised mahogany bookcase circa 1897-1903. Superb quality Waring & Gillows 4 door glazed ebonised bookcase - Stamped ‘Warings Oxford st London W’. Solid mahogany with original heavy hand blown glass glazed doors, 1 master key which locks all 4 glazed doors and 8 drawers. Excellent quality heavy brass door furniture- solid brass shelf adjusters with 16 adjustable mahogany shelves and two display slide out thin drawers in between the glazed doors and set of 8 drawers Breaks down to 4 individual sections - x1 top moulding plinth, x2 glazed cabinets and bank of 8 drawer base. The firm of Gillow's of Lancaster can be traced back to the luxury furniture and furnishings firm founded by Robert Gillow (1704–72) in about 1730. Robert Gillow served an apprenticeship as a joiner. During the 1730s he began to exploit the lucrative West Indies trade exporting mahogany furniture and importing rum and sugar. Following his death in 1772, the business was continued by his two sons, Richard (1734–1811) and Robert (1745–93). In 1764 a London branch of Gillow's was established at 176 Oxford Road, now Oxford Street, by Thomas Gillow and William Taylor. The firm rapidly established a reputation for supplying high-quality furniture to the richest families in the country. Waring and Gillow During the final years of the 19th century the company ran into financial difficulty and from 1897 began a loose financial arrangement with Waring of Liverpool, an arrangement legally ratified by the establishment of Waring & Gillow in 1903. Waring's of Liverpool was founded by John Waring, who arrived in the city from Belfast in 1835 and established a wholesale cabinet making business. He was succeeded by his son Samuel James Waring who rapidly expanded the business during the 1880s, furnishing hotels and public buildings throughout Europe. He also founded Waring-White Building Company which built the Liverpool Corn Exchange, Selfridge's department store and the Ritz Hotel. Samuel James's son and namesake Samuel James Waring (1860–1940) continued the family business and was elevated to the Peerage as Baron Waring in 1922. A truly magnificent quality statement bookcase. Measures: H210 x W284 x D50cm Base W276.5 x H49cm. Top glazed cabinet 31cm depth


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    Height: 82.68 in. (210 cm)Width: 111.82 in. (284 cm)Depth: 19.69 in. (50 cm)
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    Wear consistent with age and use.
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    Harrogate, GB
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    1stDibs: LU5306221377622

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