An Exceptional Writing Desk Davenport

An Exceptional Writing Desk Davenport

HOLLAND & SONS (worked 1803-1968)
An Exceptional Writing Desk Davenport

Date & Origin c. 1865, England
Dimensions
H
115 cm (45 inc)
W
81 cm (31 inc)
D
70 cm (27 inc)
Provenance 'Masterpieces of Industrial Art ...at the International Exhibition 1862' published by J.B. Waring in 1863 illustrates Holland & Sons furniture in the Anglo-French manner, with direct affiliations to our davenport. Other similar pieces, including Royal commissions for Marlborough House, made on behalf of the Prince of Wales,( later Edward V11th) may be accessed in our 'sold' archives.

R.N. Thornton, a London barrister, furnished Knowle Cottage, Sidmouth, Devon with many pieces from Holland & Sons, and his son, Alfred James, married Alice Ernestine Hawker, the grand daughter of Lucy Ford, the illegitimate daughter of William the Fourth's mistress, the actress Mrs Jordan.
Description
A Very Fine Davenport by Holland & Sons of London

Designed in the Anglo-French manner, and constructed employing excellent examples of rare woods, including harewood, kingwood, West Indian satinwood (inter alia), with cross-banding and sumptuous marquetry work in specimen woods and ivory, and extensively dressed with splendid ormolu mounts; rising from oblate bun feet, the shaped, canted and lockable writing slope having an inset morocco leather, with flanking compartments with engraved hinges and hand cut screws;-recto, fitted for pens and ink- verso as a container, with guard ormolu edges with stiff leaf castings; once raide, the interior has four drawer, with fine dovetails and cedar linings, and a padded morocco trellis banded letter board; two marquetry panelled hinged doors to the body, verso, set with velvet lined shelves: recto, four line inlaid drawers; the kneehole having a bold marquetry panel, flanked by quadrant spandrel supports, with velvet lined slides over; the superstructure having a three quarter arcaded ormolu gallery, and the central cartouche in the marquetry panel having the initials of the person to whom it was gifted 'AE' - Alice Ernestine ( Hawker) the wife to be of Alfred, son of R.N. Thornton, of Sidmouth (qv.).
London, Circa 1865

Dimensions: H: 45.5 in / 115 cm | W: 32 in / 81 cm | D: 27.75 in / 70 cm
Literature
‘Victorian Furniture’ co-authored by Symonds & Wineray, published London 1962 documents and discusses the relationship between R.N. Thornton, of Knowle Cottage, Sidmouth, Devon and Holland & Sons, whilst illustrating very similar pieces of Holland furniture de luxe to our davenport, which were commissioned circa 1868.

‘Holland & Sons and its clients, 1835-1885’ by Amanda Girling-Budd, published for the Royal College of Art September 2006
Medium
Satinwood, harewood, kingwood
Stock Code 8832
P.O.A
Dimensions
H
115 cm (45 inc)
W
81 cm (31 inc)
D
70 cm (27 inc)
Description
A Very Fine Davenport by Holland & Sons of London

Designed in the Anglo-French manner, and constructed employing excellent examples of rare woods, including harewood, kingwood, West Indian satinwood (inter alia), with cross-banding and sumptuous marquetry work in specimen woods and ivory, and extensively dressed with splendid ormolu mounts; rising from oblate bun feet, the shaped, canted and lockable writing slope having an inset morocco leather, with flanking compartments with engraved hinges and hand cut screws;-recto, fitted for pens and ink- verso as a container, with guard ormolu edges with stiff leaf castings; once raide, the interior has four drawer, with fine dovetails and cedar linings, and a padded morocco trellis banded letter board; two marquetry panelled hinged doors to the body, verso, set with velvet lined shelves: recto, four line inlaid drawers; the kneehole having a bold marquetry panel, flanked by quadrant spandrel supports, with velvet lined slides over; the superstructure having a three quarter arcaded ormolu gallery, and the central cartouche in the marquetry panel having the initials of the person to whom it was gifted 'AE' - Alice Ernestine ( Hawker) the wife to be of Alfred, son of R.N. Thornton, of Sidmouth (qv.).
London, Circa 1865

Dimensions: H: 45.5 in / 115 cm | W: 32 in / 81 cm | D: 27.75 in / 70 cm
Stock Code 8832

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