22 January 2009,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 12,500
Estimate GBP 8,000 - GBP 12,000
A LARGE EARLY VICTORIAN WALNUT CENTRE SEAT
BY HOLLAND AND SONS, MID-19TH CENTURY
Of rounded rectangular form with a buttoned, padded seat covered in Indian-pattern floral printed cotton on a yellow ground by Braquenié, on scrolled legs joined by stretchers, stamped three times 'HOLLAND & SONS', stencilled twice 'R', one metal strut struck 'HB' below a crown, restorations to underframe
17 in. (43 cm.) high; 94½ in. (240 cm.) wide; 45 in. (114.5 cm.) deep
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Holland and Sons were among the most distinguished furniture producers of the Victorian period, starting as Taprell and Holland at the beginning of the 19th century, and becoming Holland and Sons in 1843. They supplied the furniture for many of the London clubs including the Athenaeum, the Reform Club and the Oxford and Cambridge Club. They took over premises in Mount Street in 1851 and their archives dating to 1942, when the firm ceased trading, are preserved in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
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Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 23 November 2006, lot 126.
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