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    Sale 5971

    An English Look - Robert Kime, Piers von Westenholz, David Bedale and James Graham-Stewart

    8 July 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 554

    A VICTORIAN OAK WRITING TABLE

    BY HOLLAND AND SONS, CIRCA 1870

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A VICTORIAN OAK WRITING TABLE
    BY HOLLAND AND SONS, CIRCA 1870
    With three quarter gallery and leather-lined top, above two frieze drawers, on spiral turned legs, stamped 'Holland & Sons', the castors stamped 'Cope's Patent'
    31½ in. (80 cm.) high; 42 in. (107 cm.) wide; 23¾ in. (60.5 cm.) deep


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    Holland & 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 & Sons in 1843. This writing table formed part of the bedroom furnishings at Eaton Hall, commissioned by the 1st Duke of Westminster under the guidance of his architect Alfred Waterhouse. Construction began in 1870, was not completed until 1882, and was rumoured to have cost in excess of 600,000 pounds.

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    Provenance

    Supplied to Hugh Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster, K.G. (d.1899) for Eaton Hall, Shropshire and by descent until sold Christie's house sale, 20 and 21 September 2004, lot 1362a.