H: 30 in / 76 cm Dia: 52 in / 132 cmDescription
An Exhibition Quality Table
by Holland & Sons
Constructed in thuyawood, with satinwood and tulipwood used in the cross banding and inlays, and having finely cast ormolu mounts used in counterpoint; the tripartite downswept legs terminating in recessed castors, with shells and draped leaves to the top surfaces, the toes dressed with acorn finials, and tasselled swags issuing from foliate bosses; the circular base supporting three ormolu mounted fluted columns, and female masks within draped garlands, surmounted by a substantial central ormolu dressed turned wood 'goblet' with an acorn atop; the platform circular, with segmentally laid veneers, and a border of berried laurel leaves, above a cross banded frieze with masks of Mercury set within paterae.
Holland & Sons
Originally founded in 1803 by Stephen Taprell and William Holland, a relation of the architect Henry Holland, the firm of Holland & Sons soon became one of the largest and most successful furniture making companies in the 19th Century. The firm worked extensively for the Royal Family, being granted the Royal Warrant early in the reign of Queen Victoria, hence taking a leading part in the decoration and furnishing of Osborne House, Sandringham, Balmoral, Windsor Castle and the apartments of the Prince and Princess of Wales at Marlborough House. Holland and Sons also worked extensively for the British Government, for whom they executed over three hundred separate commissions, including the Palace of Westminster, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and oversaw the State funeral of the Duke of Wellington. Among their private commissions the firm produced a celebrated suite of bedroom furniture for the late Sir Harold Wernher at Luton Hoo.
Always at the forefront of fashion, Holland & Sons employed some of England's leading designers and participated in all of the International Exhibitions of 1851, 1855, 1862, 1867, 1872 and 1878 and the Vienna Expo of 1873.
Symonds, Robert Wemyss, and B. B. Whineray. Victorian Furniture. London: Country life, 1962, p. 136 (illus.). Showing a virtually identical table supplied by Holland & Sons to a Mr. R.N. Thornton.
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