One of our Superb Large Antique Partners Desks

Friday, 17 November 2017

Antique Desks and Furniture by Howard & Sons, London

For more details of furniture by Howard and Sons please visit the Howard and Sons page on our website - from which the following is an extract.

In 1820 John Howard started trading at 24 Lemon St, London, as a 'Cabinet Manufacturer'. He was to stay there for nine years until he moved premises to 27 Great Alie St. in Whitechapel, London and then later in 1832 he was to move the small distance to 34 Great Alie St where he would stay and open an upholstery workshop/showroom at 36 Red lion St until 1845 (the Red Lion premises were only used for one year).

It wasn't until 1848 after a short period of non-trading that the company was to take on part of the address more familiar with the company. In 1848 John Howard and Sons started trading at 22 Berners St as 'Cabinet Maker, Upholsterer and Decorator'.  In 1853 John Howard expanded the business into 26 Berners St
From 1861-89 and 1865-68 there were workshops at Tottenham St, Charlotte Mews and Fitzroy Sq respectively. After Crystal Palace 1862 saw the first big break for the company when they won a prize at only the second Exhibition they attended, the prize was for suite of library furniture including a large and elaborate desk

1872 saw the company's most significant move when they settled at the address 25, 26 and 27 Berners St, this was only after they consolidated their workshops in 1869 to the Cleveland Works in Cleveland St. These addresses were to remain unchanged until 1935. Howard and sons were to exhibit and win prizes from this address at the 1878 International Exhibition, the 1894 Antwerp Exhibition and win 1 silver and 2 gold medals at the 1900 Paris Exhibition.
An example of the extremely high quality of their workmanship of this period can be seen below in the form of a 4ft oak writing table c1880 with gadrooned decorative border and fittings by Hobbs and Co, London.  This fine piece of furniture was sourced and sold by ourselves

48" (122cm) Oak Writing Table by Howard & Sons c 1880 - Locks and Fittings by Hobbs & Co, London.    SOURCED & SOLD by

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