• Circa: 1901 – 1910
• Item: Bedside Cabinet
• Provenance: England, UK
• Period: Edwardian
• Wood: Satinwood
• Cabinet Maker: Howard & Sons, London
• Original brass studded handle
• Elegant tapered legs & Spade feet
• Elegant reed mouldings
• Small cupboard below
• Original back
• Excellent condition
• Superb quality
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This is a superb quality single Edwardian Howard & Sons solid satinwood bedside cabinet circa 1901 – 1910. Howard & Sons of London are a renowned cabinetmaker and were well known for their craftsmanship and use of top quality materials (their label is visible on the inside of the door). The bedsides features a solid satinwood top, front and sides with reeded mouldings to the top, sides and frieze. The cabinet stands on elegant tapered legs, which terminates on spade feet. Below the cupboard, there is a shelf, which connects the four legs to give additional stability.
The bedside features a mellow satinwood colour. As it boasts the original polish, it has a fantastic colour and patination; this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning they have received.
This chest would look superb in a variety of rooms from the living room to the bedroom. This chest would certainly grace any home and are a great investment as they are extremely functional. So don’t miss out your chance to own a lovely piece of furniture.
The name of Howard and Sons is probably one of the best known and highly sought after names in upholstered furniture.
John Howard started the company in 1820 trading from 24 Leman St, London as a Cabinet Maker. Over the next 25 years they would make several changes of premises within the Whitechapel area. First, to 27 Great Alie St (Now just Alie St) before moving a short distance to 34 Great Alie St.
In 1844 the company made its first venture into upholstered furniture by opening a showroom/workshop at 36 Red lion St. This was also to be a big move towards what would be their next and most famous location.
In 1848 they moved to a new address much more accustomed with the name; Berners St. London as “Cabinet Maker, Upholsterer and Decorator” under the name John Howard and Sons. The business seemed to boom at this location with workshops opening up at Tottenham St, Charlotte Mews and Fitzroy Square and an expansion to a second Berners St building in 1853.
In 1869 the company consolidated its many workshops into the one building on Cleveland St. By 1872 the company was occupying 25, 26 and 27 Berners St. These addresses would remain unchanged until 1935. During this period they became a limited company in 1899 and won the first of their Royal warrants in 1901.
In 1935 the well established decorators Lenygon and Morant appear to take over the name with the business address being given as 31 Old Burlington St (Lenygon and Morants premesis since 1909). Lenygon and Morant later moved to South Audley St where from 1954 they advertised as ‘Makers of Howard Chairs and Sofas’.
In 1967 the owners of Lenygon and Morant open Howard Chairs Limited, the company operating from Lyme St continue to make high quality sofas and armchairs.
At the 1862 International Exhibition (The 3rd World Expo) Howard and Sons entered a suite of library furniture for which they won a prize. They also went on to exhibit at the Paris World’s Fair, called an Exposition Universelle twice; once in 1878 and again in 1900. Also at the Exposition Internationale d’Anvers 1894 (International Exposition/World Fair Antwerp). Winning Prizes at them all including 1 silver and 2 golds.
They also employed their eclectic styles working for many important clients providing furniture for important houses such as Sudbury Hall in Derbyshire, Elton Hall, Huntingdonshire and Stokesay Court, Shropshire.
Howard and Sons would make identification easier by marking their work. Cabinetwork would either have paper labels, stamps on later pieces Ivorine labels. Upholstered furniture would have either a name and/or number stamp on the inside of the back foot, a paper label on the hessian or a name stamp on the castor cup or wheel. The content i.e. address on the stamp varies depending on the date of the piece.
Source: Paul A. Shutler
This bedside is in excellent original condition. Nominal old use marks to the leading edges but nothing significant considering the age of the item. The cabinet features its original brass-locking handle. The bedside is constructed of top quality satinwood, which is quite rare to see. As it boasts the original polish, it has a fantastic colour and patination; this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received. This item is well constructed, solid in joint and ready to use.
Height: 73.3cm or 28⅞” or 2ft 5”
Width: 41.8cm or 16⅜” or 1ft 4½”
Depth: 38.5cm or 15⅛” or 1ft 3¼”
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