GILLOWS: A FINE MAHOGANY “CROCUS” OR FLOWER TABLE

Price: £2250
Stock No. 5197/k

 

GILLOWS of LANCASTER: a fine quality mahogany “CROCUS” or FLOWER TABLE in excellent condition.  The solid mahogany top incorporates a carved surround and a central removable panel, accessible via a small brass push-rod, below which lives the black-painted flower tray.*  It is supported on a typical Gillows “cluster” column which leads to solid mahogany tripod legs and pointed pad feet.  31ins high, the top 19.5 x 15ins. (73.5cms high, the top 49.5 x 38cms). circa 1830-45.

* Gillows called this a “Crocus Table”. The purpose was to fill the metal container underneath with earth and crocus bulbs. These would remain dormant until (say) a couple of weeks before an important occasion or perhaps dinner party, when the top would be removed, allowing the crocus bulbs to emerge and blossom in time for the special occasion.