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Gillows: of Lancaster and London 1730-1840 [Box set] [Hardcover]

Susan E. Stuart
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15 Aug 2008
It is hard to overstate the importance of the Gillow material in relationship to the history of both British and North American furniture. No other furniture archive covers the same period of time and in as much detail. Information on a wide variety of topics such as woods and finishes, furniture design developments, business practices, workmen, customers, family, social issues and international events which affected the Gillow firm have been extracted from the letters, sketchbooks and ledgers and pieced together to form an account of the firm's development and history from 1730-1840.Gillows was a unique firm. No other cabinetmakers were in business for as long a period, or had a showroom and workshop in eighteenth century London from which to view the fashion scene as well as another showroom and manufacturing base in the provinces. This enabled them to cover a great deal of Great Britain (to say nothing of their trans-Atlantic and European trade via the two branches) and make fashionable but cheaper furniture than their rivals in London.The publication of this book will help owners, collectors and dealers to identify Gillow furniture and furniture made by other cabinetmakers to the firm's designs. It also has a wider application by offering a firm chronology for the development of different types of western furniture. The advice given by Gillows on furniture design and social customs, both to their customers and to their workforce, will be of interest to social as well as furniture historians and curators. This monograph also dispels some of the myths which have grown up around the firm and furniture making generally.

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  • Hardcover: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Antique Collectors' Club Ltd; Slp edition (15 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851495568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851495566
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 26.1 x 31.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Founder Member of the Regional Furniture Study Group (which became the Regional Furniture Society in 1984), Susan E. Stuart was a Council Member of the Regional Furniture Society from 1988-1993 and a Council Member of the Furniture History Society from 1995-1997. In 1997 she was awarded a Winterthur Fellowship (on the effect of furniture exports from Lancaster, England, on North American Furniture design). She lectures widely on clocks and furniture made in the North-west of England and has written books, booklets and numerous articles on clockcase work and furniture. She was Lecturer in Art and Design at Lancaster and Morecambe College from 1974 to 1993 and is currently Hon. Research Fellow at the Centre of North-west Regional Studies, Lancaster University.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 24 Jan 2013
By Dez
The definitive book on gillows, a must for anyone with serious furniture interest. Well written and illustrated. Do buy this if you can afford it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gillows of lancaster and london 2 Jan 2012
By sofia
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very informative books in excellent condition,in their own case which was also in a good condition,a very good read,sent very quickly,all in all well worth buying
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5.0 out of 5 stars Erudite reference books 19 Jan 2011
By Kathy
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These two volumes are a valuable resource for the serious collector, with splendid illustrations and informative accompanying text. There is much to learn, even for those who consider themselves knowledgeable about Gillows of Lancaster.
My husband was thrilled with his Christmas present; he browses this book on an almost daily basis and always finds something new to interest him. Despite what initially seems quite a high price, this is in fact superb value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 31 Dec 2009
What a pair of books to read! The only book to buy for Gillows and very good illustrations of furniture. The books are packed with information and will be a very firm favorite for research and pleasure
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