29 September 2005
An English ormolu-mounted mahogany and satinwood display-cabinet
By Howard & Sons, London, Late 19th century
The breakfront white marble top above an entrelac frieze, centred by a glazed door, the top with light stamp HOWARD & SONS, BERNERS ST., the interior with two adjustable velvet-lined shelves, with glazed rounded sides, on square tapering and fluted legs; the lockplate and key stamped HOBBS & CO/LONDON
45¼ in. (115 cm.) high; 59 in. (150 cm.) wide; 16¾ in. (42.5 cm.) deep
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Now best known for their comfortable and elegant easy armchairs, Howard and Sons were also one of the most successful and well-known of the Victorian cabinet-making firms. Begun by John Howard in 1820 they were established in Berners Street by 1854.
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