Thakeham Furniture

December 20, 2017

Gillows of Lancaster: The long established cabinet makers renowned for the highest quality craftsmanship


Gillows of Lancaster was established by Robert Gillow in 1728 and continued by his two sons. They were a unique firm: no other cabinet makers were in business for so long a period, and no other provincial firms had a showroom and workshop in 18th century London;  they were responsible for some of the finest pieces of English cabinet work during the late 18th and early 19th century. They had a wide range of clients, from aristocracy to the merchant classes. All designs were practical and of the best materials, and above all was the quality of design craftsmanship: two hundred years later drawers still glide in and out smoothly.

This two door wardrobe, circa. 1850 and stamped “Gillows”, is a fine example of this first class craftsmanship. Although well over 150 years old, it has really stood the test of time.. the drawers run smoothly, the linings are incredibly clean, and there is no warping or movement – everything fits in its place neatly and flush.

Another example of Gillows furniture currently in stock is this 18th century serpentine chest of drawers. Again, beautiful quality, the oak drawer linings are crisp and clean, and the lovely small dove tail joints are clearly the work of a highly skilled cabinet maker. Serpentine front chests always are always held in high esteem, due to the extra work during construction.



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