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Victorian Howard & Sons Sofa With Feather Filled Cushions And Removable Covers


£17,500 | $23,877 USD | €20,409 EUR
Item Number: SA814934
Date of manufacture: Victorian
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Royal House Antiques
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Royal House Antiques is delighted to offer for sale this stunning exceptionally rare original Victorian mahogany framed Howard & Sonís Berners Street stamped sofa with the original feather filled cushions and removable covers.
Please note the delivery fee listed is just a guide, it covers within the M25 only for the UK and local Europe only for international, if you would like an accurate quote, please send me your postcode and Iíll provide you with the exact price.
This sofa is exceptionally rare indeed, I've never seen this format of back and base cushions with the curved side base. Itís very elegant and ornately sculptured.
The sofa as you can see has removable covers, the under frame has the base calico cover which means its ready for upholstery should the new owner wish. The frame retains all the original features, the horsehair padding, the feather filled cushions, the original coil springs, everything you would hope to find.
I can have the sofa upholstered for the trade price in either of the three Howard Ticking fabric colours or the original Howard floral and striped upholstery, I can also have the timber washed back and French polished, for a quote please ask. I can also have the sofa upholstered in premium cattle hide leather and hand dyed a wonderful brown colour, again please ask for a price.
This sofa is a must have for any fine English furniture connoisseur, it screams country house style charm and charisma. The sofa seats as pretty much the most comfortable sofa I have ever sat on, the seat platform is exactly as you would hope to find, the feathers in the cushions are light and fluffy.
The inside back left leg is fully stamped with Howard & Son's Berner street, and then the serial number.
Howard & Sonís are simply put the finest chair makers in history, the Queen even has a private collection.
Height:- 79.5cm seat height 50cm
Width:- 193cm
Depth:- 103cm
Please note all measurements are taken at the widest point, if you would like any additional or specific measurements, please ask.
A History of Howard and Sons
The name of Howard and Sons is probably one of the best known and highly sought-after names in Upholstered furniture. Over the next few paragraphs, I will do my best to give you a brief history of the company.
The company was started by John Howard 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 ďCabinet Maker, Upholsterer and DecoratorĒ 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 Sq 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 adresses 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 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, t


This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as Victorian.


Height = 79.5 cm (31.3")
Width = 193 cm (76.0")
Depth = 103 cm (40.6")

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Royal House Antiques
West Sussex
RH20 1DF
United Kingdom

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