Ebony, ivory, ebonised wood, brass castors
64.5 x 79 x 43 cm
Place of origin
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An ebony, ebonised wood and ivory two-tier trolley or dumb waiter, English, circa 1880. Stamped HOWARD & SONS BERNERS ST., each rectangular tier with ivory spindle gallery and turned baluster columns to the corners, each with acorn finial and standing on turned feet with brass castors, also with paper label EASY CHAIR & SOFA FACTORY, HOWARD & SONS UPHOLSTERERS LONDON, PATENT DINING TABLES.
John Howard originally established his firm at 24 Lemon Street in London in 1820. The firm grew to become one of the most fashionable and successful of the 19th century, participating in many of the International Exhibitions, working for many important clients and providing furniture for a variety of country houses. But it is primarily for their superior upholstered furniture that they remain so well-known today, most of which is stamped or labelled. They were based in the heart of the West End at 25 and 35 Berners Street from 1854, but then finally settled in the 1870s at 25, 26 and 27 Berners Street until 1935 when for a brief spell they were at 31 Old Burlington Street. They ceased trading in 1947.
Marks and inscriptions
Underside of bottom tier: EASY CHAIR & SOFA FACTORY / HOWARD & SONS UPHOLSTERERS LONDON / PATENT DINING TABLES. Underside of bottom tier: HOWARD & SONS BERNERS ST.