A Regency Mahogany Writing or Side Table by Holland & Sons
A Regency mahogany writing or side table by Holland & Sons, with three-quarter galleried top above two drawers on ring turned legs, Provenance: The Estate of the late Sir John and Lady Smith
Condition good, commensurate with age and anticipated wear
Dimentions 89cm Long x 64cm Deep x 76cm High
Stock number 3463
The firm of Holland & Sons (1803–1942) became from 1843 one of the largest and most successful cabinet makers, and a rival to Gillows of Lancaster and London.
The company’s labelled Day books are now housed in the Victoria and Albert Museum Archive of Art and Design where they present a virtual ‘who’s who’ of nineteenth century society.
Established in 1803 by Stephen Taprell and William Holland, a relation of the architect Henry Holland (architect). Always on the leading edge of fashion, Holland & Sons employed some of England’s foremost designers and participated in all of the International Exhibitions of 1851, 1855, 1862, 1867, 1872 and 1878. Holland and Sons also participated in many of the leading international exhibitions including London in 1862, Vienna in 1873 and Paris in 1867 and 1872.
After a brief period in which the company was known as Taprell, Holland & Son c.1835-43, William Holland gained sole command after the senior partner Taprell’s retirement. From 1843 onwards they were known as Holland and Sons. The relationship between builder and cabinet maker is similar to another leading Victorian firm, Trollope and Sons.