A 19thC exhibition quality bonheur de jour in the Louis XV manner attributed to Holland & Sons,
A 19thC exhibition quality bonheur de jour in the Louis XV manner attributed to Holland & Sons, with marquetry inlays, gilt metal mounts and French oval 'Sevres' porcelain plaques depicting ladies of court, the upper cabinet having a combination of galleried lift platforms revealing velvet lined compartments, over two small cupboard doors with similar linings over two smaller drawers and enclosing a central bank of four concave drawers with gallery release mechanism, the platform having three shaped frieze drawers with serpentine frieze raised on French cabriole legs with amorini mask terminals, 'S' shaped scroll lion mask knees and scroll feet, with stylised gilt metal mounts to the bombe serpentine sides, the brass ironmongery stamped W T and S Improved to the hinges and locks stamped Hobbs & Co London, machine made lever, 140cm wide, 66cm deep, 133cm high.
Provenance: R M Newcomb Esq (Dec'd), Rock House, Stamford. By family repute with supporting catalogue, Lot 139 for Messrs Richardsons Auction Sale of April 20th 1868 sold for £42.0s.0d.
Auctioneers Note: Originally founded in 1803 by Stephen Taprell and William 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. Their first commission was for Osborne House in 1845, supplying furniture in the Queen's favourite style of the time, the Louis XVI style from France.
Holland & Sons employed some of England's leading designers and participated in all of the International Exhibitions of 1851, 1855, 1862, 1867,
Estimate £3,000 - 5,000
Sold for £10,000