An early Victorian mahogany breakfront bookcase  by Holland & Sons
Lot 457
An early Victorian mahogany breakfront bookcase
by Holland & Sons
Sold for £5,625 (US$ 9,299) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
An early Victorian mahogany breakfront bookcase
by Holland & Sons
the reverse ogee and dentil moulded cornice above a central bay comprising a pair of glazed panelled doors, enclosing four long adjustable shelves, over a pair of panelled doors enclosing one long adjustable shelf, both sections with reeded pilaster angles, flanked by two glazed panelled doors, enclosing eight adjustable shelves, with two panelled doors below, enclosing four short adjustable shelves, on a plinth base, one central door to the base stamped: 'HOLLAND & SONS, MOUNT STREET, LONDON' 251cm wide x 52.5cm deep x 244cm high, (98 1/2in wide x 20 1/2in deep x 96in high)

Footnotes

  • The renowned cabinet making company, Holland and Sons, was first established as Taprell and Holland in 1803 in reference to its two founders, Stephen Taprell and William Holland. Following a brief period in which the firm was known as Taprell, Holland & Son c.1835-43, William Holland gained sole command of the firm after the retirement from the business of the senior partner, Stephen Taprell. From 1843 onwards they were known as Holland and Sons and were quick to obtain numerous exclusive and significant commissions, as well as working for important clients. Indeed by 1851, when the company was based in Mount Street and employed 351 people, Queen Victoria had already commissioned the execution of numerous exceptional pieces of furniture for the Royal households of Balmoral, Sandringham, Windsor and Osborne House.

    During the latter half of the 19th century, Holland and Sons also supplied furniture for such notable London clubs as the Athenaeum, the Reform club and the Oxford and Cambridge club. On top of furnishing a number of government buildings, the firm also supplied pieces for various British and European exhibitions, including the famous Great Exhibtion of 1851. Their output included works in a vast array of revival styles ranging from Louis XV, Louis XVI and Neoclassical, Elizabethan and Gothic, to name but a few. Sadly in 1942 they terminated trading altogether. The above lot is most likely one executed by Holland and Sons during the peak early Victorian period of their productivity and renown.
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