Rosewood Book Porter
1549/17: A good quality Regency period solid rosewood BOOK CARRIER (or "Book porter") in excellent condition. Very much in the style of Gillows, it features turned rosewood carrying handles and further turned baluster spindles to the lyre-shaped ends. There is typical Gillows beaded decoration around the lower edge and it is supported on carved "melon" feet. 216.5ins wide; 12ins deep; 9ins high. (42 x 28 x 23cms) *Traditionally the Book Porter lived in a library or perhaps Drawing Room. Its likely purpose was for books to be carried to 'Master' on such a piece, rather than them being passed by hand, which in certain circles might have been considered rather too familiar!"
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