circa 1835 - 1845
The light coloured brown leather top with a broken gilt tooling is original and sits above two full length mahogany lined drawers. The turned knobs and locks are original to the writing table with the sides and the reverse veneered in the same figured timber. The shallow frieze sits on four robust turned and reeded tapered legs that stand on the gilt brass caps and castors. The table, although not stamped Holland & Son, has all the hallmarks of a top London maker and Holland & Son were quite well known for this style of writing table. The shallow frieze and strong legs work well and give the writing table stature.
Originally founded in 1803 by Stephen Taprell and William Holland, a relation of the architect Henry Holland, the firm of Holland & Sons soon became one of the largest and most successful furniture making companies of the 19th Century.
The firm worked extensively for the Royal Family, being granted the Royal Warrant early in the reign of Queen Victoria, hence taking a leading part in the decoration and furnishing of Osborne House, Sandringham, Balmoral, Windsor Castle and the apartments of the Prince and Princess of Wales at Marlborough House.
Holland & Sons also worked extensively for the British Government, for whom they executed over three hundred separate commissions, including the Palace of Westminster, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and oversaw the State funeral of the Duke of Wellington. Among their private commissions the firm produced a celebrated suite of bedroom furniture for the late Sir Harold Wernher at Luton Hoo. Always at the forefront of fashion, Holland & Sons employed some of England's leading designers and participated in many of the most important international Exhibitions of 1855, 1862, 1867, 1872 and 1878.
Height 73.00cm (28.74 inches)
Width 137.00cm (53.94 inches)
Depth 75.00cm (29.53 inches)
Stock No: 11334