Antique Gillows desks
Antique Gillows desks are collectible pieces of furniture made more than 100 years ago (based on the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition of “antique”) by Gillow & Co. They can attract large sums of money at auction.
Gillow & Co
Gillow & Co was a British furniture manufacturer, originally based in Lancaster before opening a second premises in London.
Established in 1730, the company ran independently until its merger with S J Waring in 1903, forming Waring & Gillow. Waring & Gillow furniture too can prove popular with collectors.
Notable sales of antique Gillows desks
A circa 1880 satinwood pedestal desk made £1,250 at a Christie’s London auction in July 2010.
A Victorian kidney-shaped pedestal desk, which once belonged to cricket commentator Brian Johnston, sold for £54,000 at a Bonhams auction in 2006, doubling its estimate. Harvey Cammell, group head of furniture at Bonhams, told the British Telegraph newspaper: "The fact that it was a Gillows desk and that it was owned by Brian Johnston made it a successful price.”
An 1813 regency brass-inlaid rosewood library desk made £254,500 at a Christie’s London sale in 1998, beating its £150,000 top end estimate.