…or what-nots to like.
Fig. 1. Drawing No. 95/579 from Gillows’ archive, circa 1790.
John Savage, working for the famous Lancastrian cabinetmaking firm of Gillows, produced this mahogany what-not (fig. 2), dated the 22nd of March 1790, for their wareroom .
Fig. 2. George III mahogany what-not by Gillows, circa 1790. (Apter-Frederick)
A feature of the Gillows what-nots is the shaped friezes of the two lower tiers, which form the front of a shallow drawer.
In this less delicate interpretation of Gillows’ design (fig. 3), all four shaped friezes are drawers, the revelation being somewhat spoiled by the presence of the keyholes and escutcheons.
Fig. 3. A Gillows style mahogany what-not, circa 1800. (Moxhams)