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    Sale 7713

    Furniture & Clocks

    23 April 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 171

    A ROYAL LATE VICTORIAN CREAM-PAINTED MAHOGANY CABINET

    ATTRIBUTED TO HOLLAND & SONS, LATE 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A ROYAL LATE VICTORIAN CREAM-PAINTED MAHOGANY CABINET
    ATTRIBUTED TO HOLLAND & SONS, LATE 19TH CENTURY
    The shaped cornice with egg-and-dart moulded edge centred by a floral wreath and with turned finials above a garland and ribbon-hung frieze and a pair of panel doors with egg-and-dart border and ribbon-tied garlands, enclosing a maple-lined interior with three shelves, flanked by Ionic half-columns with foliate bases, the lower section with four maple-lined drawers, on fluted turned feet headed by foliate paterae, the handles original, the locks stamped 'COPE & COLLINSON', backboard with a fragmentary label inscribed indistinctly in pencil, the centre of the backboard branded 'HRH PRINCESS H OF B' and with a Newport, Isle of Wight depository label inscribed 'NO.1 HRH PRINCESS HENRY OF BATTENBURG', losses to decoration
    76¼ in. (194 cm.) high; 37½ in. (925 cm.) wide; 16 in. (41 cm.) deep


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    Holland & Sons' numerous royal commissions included Queen Victoria's Italian Renaissance style residence on the Isle of Wight, Osborne House. When Princess Beatrice (1857-1944), the fifth daughter and the youngest child of Queen Victoria and Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha became engaged to Prince Henry of Battenberg (1858-1896), Queen Victoria agreed to the marriage on the condition that the couple make their home with her. The brand mark on this cabinet in combination with the Isle of Wight depository label strongly suggest it was supplied to Princess Henry of Battenberg at Osborne House, possibly on the occasion of her marriage in 1885.

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    Provenance

    Possibly supplied by Holland & Sons to Princess Henry of Battenburg at Osborne House, East Cowes, Isle of Wight.