• Christie's Interiors auction at Christies

    Sale 5915

    Christie's Interiors

    8 September 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 65

    A PAIR OF LATE VICTORIAN WALNUT EASY ARMCHAIRS

    BY HOWARD & SONS, LATE 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF LATE VICTORIAN WALNUT EASY ARMCHAIRS
    BY HOWARD & SONS, LATE 19TH CENTURY
    The button-down backs and scroll arms covered in contemporary printed cotton fabric, on ring turned legs, both retaining paper labels printed 'EASY CHAIR & SOFA FACTORY HOWARD & SONS UPHOLSTERERS 25, 26, & 27 Berners Street LONDON PATENT DINING TABLES' inscribed '395 6517' to undersides and stamped 'HOWARD & SONS Ltd. BERNERS ST. 395 2593', the castors stamped 'HOWARD & SONS LTD. LONDON'
    31½ in. (80 cm.) high; 30 in. (76.5 cm) wide; 29 in. (74 cm.) deep (2)


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    Messrs. Howard & Sons were one of the most successful English cabinet-making firms in the Victorian period. Initially based in Lemon Street circa 1820, then at Little Alice Street by 1835. They upgraded again, moving to sought-after premises at 22 & 36 Berners Street in the fashionable West End quarter by 1854, where the firm remained for the duration of the century. Howard and Sons exhibited at the 1851 Great Exhibition and notable commissions included contributing to the furnishing of Sudbury, Derbyshire and Elton Hall, Huntingdonshire.

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