An Exceptionally Fine Quality Flame Figured Rosewood Revolving Bookcase of unusually large proportions, last half of the Nineteenth Century by London Maker Howard & Sons.
The rich dark rosewood square top above two compatrmented tiers with open fine turned supports ending on splayed legs with original metal castors.
Ivorine makers plaque which reads "HOWARD & SONS manufacturers 25,26,27 Berners Street, London"
Condition: Superb condition, recently professionally restored.
Height: 32" (81.5cm). Width: 24" (61cm) Depth: 24" (61cm).
Howard & Sons 1820-1947 Biography:
Howard and Sons were established Furniture makers in 1820 by John Howard, at 24 Orange Street, London. In 1854 the firm had expanded considerably and was established in the heart of the furniture district of London at 22 - 36 Berners Street. They employed their eclectic range of styles working for many important clients at important houses such as Sudbury Hall in Derbyshire and Elton Hall, Huntingdonshire. Still fashionable at the end of the 19th Century they provided the fittings for Mr Vanderbilt’s “North Star” Yacht. Their work is in the Royal Collection, and the Queen’s private collections at Sandringham and Balmoral, and a cabinet made in 1862 is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Howard and Sons were such an important company that they collaborated with Gillows and Maple & Company on several important projects and may have even manufactured pieces of upholstered furniture for these two famous makers.
They exhibited at all the large exhibitions of the nineteenth century including the Great Exhibition of 1851 and the subsequent shows at Crystal Palace, as well as exhibitions in America and France, had the Royal Warrant and supplied several Royal residences with many items of antique furniture, most frequently of course with upholstery.
The company ceased to trade in 1947.