An impressive 30ft Victorian mahogany dining table by Holland & Sons  in the manner of Alfred Stevens
Lot 182
An impressive 30ft Victorian mahogany dining table by Holland & Sons in the manner of Alfred Stevens
£30,000 - 50,000
US$ 48,000 - 80,000

Lot Details
An impressive 30ft Victorian mahogany dining table by Holland & Sons  in the manner of Alfred Stevens
An impressive 30ft Victorian mahogany dining table by Holland & Sons
in the manner of Alfred Stevens
The moulded rectangular top with three extending sections supporting an additional ten leaves, on bulbous square section moulded tapering legs terminating in large brass cappings and leather wheels, stamped twice HOLLAND & SONS to the under-frame, 912cm wide, 181cm deep, 72cm high (359" wide, 71" deep, 28" high).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: reputedly purchased from an unidentified Christie's house sale around the thirty years ago.

    The leg pattern on the above dining table follows that of the celebrated Dorchester House dining chairs designed by Alfred Stevens and supplied by Holland & Sons to Robert Staynor Holford, M.P (1808-1892) for the dining room at Dorchester House, Park Lane, London circa 1856-58. The chairs were then sold at the Dorchester House contents sale, Christie's London, 19 April 1928, lot 166. Interestingly the dining table at Dorchester House recorded in Bedford Lemere's photographs of 1905 show a table with a reeded tapering leg and not one with a leg pattern corresponding to that of the dining chairs.

    Dorchester House was designed for the great Victorian Collector Robert Staynor Holford by the architect Lewis Vuillamy and was one of the most significant houses in London built in the mid 19th century.The eminent Sculptor Alfred Stevens was put in charge of every element of the design and decoration of the dining room. The chimney piece from the roon is now part of the Gamble Room at the V&A Museum London while other furnishings now form part of the collection of the Walker City Art Gallery, Liverpool. Dorchester House was demolished in 1929 to make way for the Dorchester Hotel. Twelve chairs from the original set of dining chairs were sold Sotheby's London, 10 July 1998, lot 114.

    Holland and Sons rose from their origins in the early 19th century to become, by the middle years of the century, a rival to Gillow and one of the greatest English furniture producers. Recorded as early as 1815, as Taprell and Holland, by 1843 under the auspices of William Holland, a relative of the Regency architect Henry Holland, they formed a a business alliance with Thomas Dowbiggin of 23 Mount Street, who had made the state throne for Victoria's Coronation. They also worked successfully as undertakers and were responsible for the Duke of Wellington's funeral. Under William Holland the firm became cabinetmakers and upholsterers to the Queen, their first commission being for Osborne House in 1845, supplying furniture in the Queen's favoured Louis XVI style. They continued to supply furniture for Osborne until 1869 but gained further commissions for Windsor Castle, Balmoral and Marlborough House. Hollands also worked for many leading institutions including the Reform and Athenaeum Clubs, the British Museum and the Royal Academy. Along with Gillows they shared the commission for the new Houses of Parliament. The participated in many of the important International Exhibitions including London in 1862, Vienna in 1873 and Paris in 1867 and 1872. The Holland's labeled day books are now housed in the National Archive of Art and Design in London and present a virtual 'who's who' of 19th century society.
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