Library table by Gillows of Lancaster

This lavish Serpentine formed library table with leather-lined top was commissioned to enhance the elegant Denton Hall in Yorkshire, along with furniture by Thomas Chippendale.


Mahogany Dimensions: 81 x 107 x 193 cm
Art Fund grant:
£50,000 ( Total: £315,000; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
Through Sotheby's

Interestingly, the furniture commissioned directly from Chippendale was in the contemporary neo-classical taste, while the Gillow commission reflects the conservative taste of country patrons. This library table is the earliest known piece by Gillow's with a complete provenance. Letters survive in the firm's comprehensive archives detailing how the patron was consulted throughout the commission. A public appeal helped to raise the money to save this work from being exported. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.


Commissioned by Sir James Ibbetson, Denton Hall; Laura Wyvill (nee Ibbetson),; thence by descent at Constable Burton Hall, Leyburn, North Yorkshire.

Venue details

Judges' Lodgings Church Street, Lancaster Lancashire LA1 1YS 01524 32808

Entry details

Free entry with National Art Pass (standard entry £3)

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