Art Cased Concert Grand Piano made by Erard Paris
Art Cased Concert Grand Piano made by Erard Paris serial number 54126 year 1880.
Concert Grand piano made by Erard Paris, case being made by Gillows od Lancaster and London, also known as Gillows & Co. Model No. 2 being made of solid pieces of Rosewood.
Piano was finished 06/1880 and was sold in 12/11/1880 to a Mr. Wirth for an astounding amount of 4500F.
The piano was then delivered to London at the address of 176 Oxford Street where Gillows finished the case of the piano.
Case Made by Gillow
Robert Gillow (1702/3–1772) was an English furniture manufacturer.
Born in Singleton, Lancashire he served an apprenticeship as a joiner and cabinet maker. He joined with a family of traders called Sattersthwaite and sailed with them to the West Indies as a ships carpenter. In Jamaica he became interested in mahogany and brought samples of the wood back to Lancaster in 1710. This may have been the first mahogany to be imported to England. He married Agnes Fell in 1729 in Lancaster. He founded the luxury furniture and furnishings firm Gillow of Lancashire in 1730. During the 1730s he began to exploit the lucrative West Indies trade exporting mahogany furniture and importing rum and sugar, in addition to fitting out ships cabins and doing finishing work in construction. The firm rapidly established a reputation for supplying high quality furniture and furnishings to the richest families in the country. They also had a London workshop in Thames Street. In 1764 a permanent London branch of Gillow’s was established at 176 Oxford Road, now Oxford Street, by Robert’s son, Thomas Robert Gillow (1745–1793), and William Taylor. Following Robert’s retirement in 1769, the business was continued by his two sons, Richard (1734–1811) and Thomas Robert (his other children were Alice, Edward and John). Richard Gillow was an architect of some note, and he is credited with originating the telescopic dining-table and the first English billiard-table.
For over a century, the firm was known for its luxury furniture and furnishings. During the final years of the 19th century the company ran into financial difficulty and from 1897 began a loose financial arrangement with Waring of Liverpool, an arrangement legally ratified by the establishment of Waring & Gillow in 1903.