Tue, 25th Jan 2022 10:00

Design - Two Day Sale

  Lot 120


A Howard & Sons oak octagonal centre table

A Howard & Sons oak octagonal centre table,
c.1880, in a 'reformed Gothic' style, with an octagonal parquetry top on, ring-turned supports with beaded collars, and a square undertier on a chamfered cross-shaped stand,
81cm diameter
74cm high

Literature: 'English Furniture 1800-1851', p.143, where it is incorrectly dated to 1850.

Howard & Sons, one of the most famous and fashionable of British furniture makers, was founded in 1820 at 24 Lemon Street, London, by John Howard. In 1848, the company moved to 22 Berners Street, expanded in 1853 into 26 Berners Street. The Crystal Palace Exhibition of 1862 saw their first awarded prize for an exhibited suite of library furniture. In 1865, George Howard patented a method for the wood veneering of walls and, in 1867, a patent for the improved production of parquet flooring. The firm exhibited and won medals at the 1878 Paris Exhibition, the 1894 Antwerp Exhibition, the Paris Exhibition of 1900 and were awarded the first of their royal warrants in 1901.

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Sold for £2,000

Condition Report

Probably re-polished. No obvious major faults. The top with two ringlet marks. To the edge with a darkened stain. The base structurally good. With some scratches and marks commensurate with age and use.
Ready for a new home.



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Auction: Design - Two Day Sale, Tue, 25th Jan 2022



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