Howard and Sons. An exquisite and fine quality (1/4 sawn) oak breakfront bookcase. The half moon cornice with dentil moulding with four upper glazed doors, each glazing bar with fine moulded details, with adjustable shelves to the centre section. Four cupboards below, each door with fielded panels with pigeon holes to the upper parts.
Height 85" 216cm, Width 53 3/4" 134cm, Depth at the centre 16 1/2" 42cm. Circa 1890.
Howard and Sons were established by John Howard at 24 Orange Street London in 1820. In 1854 they moved to the centre of the West End at 22 and 36 Berners Street. They made the highest quality furniture some of the highest of the period and were commissioned by many important clients and made furniture for many important houses such as Elton Hall, Huntingdonshire and Sudbury Hall in Derbyshire and at the end of the 1890's they made the interiors for Mr Vanderbilt’s Yacht. They exhibited at the Great Exhibition in 1851 and in exhibitions in America and at the Paris Exhibition in 1900 they won two gold medals and a silver. They had the royal warrant and were commissioned to produce twenty four pieces for the Royal Collection and supplied a number of royal residences with pieces for their private collections.
Stamped Howard and Sons Berners Street to the top of the lower right-hand door and the upper right-hand central door with the in house design number stamped to the top of the right hand lower door ‘Howard and Sons Ltd, Bernier St. No. 3469 2128’,.