Irish Regency Period Mahogany Library Table or Centre Table by Gillington's of Dublin
This superb table with reeded edge top has a six drawer configuration (three working and three dummy drawers to the other side) with original escutcheons and pressed brass handles. The legs are expertly turned in a style reminiscent of Gillows during the same period and they terminate into the most unusual and decorative fire gilt brass acanthus leaf castors.
This centre table exemplifies the type of furniture that would have been encountered in drawing rooms of the period. Manufactured to look as good against the wall as it would sitting freely in an open space, this table more commonly considered library furniture could be used in both scenarios as the library and entertainment space became increasingly melded together. It is both a functional writing desk with its three deep drawers and an occasional table meant to be viewed at all angles. A flexible and very useful piece of Irish regency furniture.
Irish regency furniture is some of the most sought after furniture of the period and the Gillington family were a well renowned cabinet making firm in Dublin at the time. Their history stems back to the late eighteenth century (1780) where a George Gillington is listed as trading as both an upholder and auctioneer in Cork. By 1790 a John Gillington is listed in Dublin as a cabinet maker, upholder and auctioneer and by the turn of the century, the family business had become one of some importance. George Gillington at this point is also working with his son Samuel at this point in Dublin with addresses at Montague Street, Abbey Street and Stephens Street. Both John and Samuel are listed as freemen of Dublin as upholders and John is further listed as the Master of the Upholder’s guild during the year 1808. This family’s output would have graced many of the country house estates in Ireland during the period and is rarely seen on the market. They ceased to trade in the 1830’s