An Attributed Gillow`s Imperial Campaign Dining Table
This mahogany extending Dining Table is an Imperial, probably designed by Gillows. William Burrows, a table specialist, was closely linked with the manufacture of the Imperial in 1804 and it was a development of Gillow`s Patent Dining Table first made in 1801. Although Gillows made a number of tables to other designs, the Imperial was by far their most popular by their own admission as they informed a customer in 1829: We almost universally make them with the sliding frames and loose leave to fit betwixt the two ends and any portion of them may be used together, they are firmer and less liable to be put out of order than any other plan.
The pullout telescopic action by which the table extends is indeed very practical, giving both stability and ease of use. The table can be set up to take any number of the three leaves present, giving a variety of size options. Although the table is not stamped it does have the characteristics of other Gillows Imperials. The reeded edge to both the table boards and bottom of the frieze, the legs and the overall quality all suggest that it was from either Gillow`s Lancashire or London workshop circa 1810.
The overall condition of this table is superb with no damage or splits to the table surface. As you would expect to find with genuine campaign furniture the table does show some signs of wear probably caused through transportation as the officer moved from campaign to campaign,.(extended 305cm x w 107cm x h 73cm)