Howard & Sons Grafton Library Armchair 19th Century Circa 1890
Outsized Howard & Sons Grafton Library Armchair 19th Century Circa 1890
Magnificent 19th century library armchair, an exceptional large version of the Grafton model low easy armchair by Howard and Sons of Berners Street in London. This wonderful example Howard & Sons Grafton armchair standing on its square tapered legs with original casters all bearing the makers name. The frame is stamped Berners St, it is the address at which Howard and Sons had been since 1848, this chair dates to circa 1890. This magnificent outsized example is deep seated and is upholstered in its original brown leather with brass stud work detail around the arms and sides with a feather down filled leather covered cushion, the tapering mahogany front supports and rear leg stamped Howard & Sons, Berners Street, numbered 106755908, with brass casters all stamped Howard & Sons Ltd, London, a truly wonderful chair with the perfect patina, simply stunning. This is one of the more elegant designs with a serpentine back and a flat base, the long low arms flow in a waterfall manner down to the front leg. This model has a higher front leg than back to give the correct rake to the seat, this really is one of the most comfortable models made by Howard and that is saying something, this chair is a once in a lifetime addition to any collection and will stand the test of time for many years to come, reserve now.
Howard and Sons
The name of Howard and Sons is probably one of the best known and highly sought after names in Upholstered furniture.
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 “Cabinet Maker, Upholsterer and Decorator” under the name John Howard and Sons.
By 1872 the company was occupying 25, 26 and 27 Berners St.
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
It is believed that Queen Elizabeth II has the largest private collection of Howard & Sons chairs in the world.
Howard & Sons Ltd
Maker: Howard & Sons
Casters: Stamped Howard & Sons Ltd
Very good original condition, no weakness to joints, leather in good worn condition with no tears or rips, excellent patina.
Width: 30” / 76cm
Depth: 48” / 122cm
Height: 34” / 86cm
Floor to seat: 15” / 38cm
Free delivery is offered to England & Wales only when buyer pays full asking price, next day delivery is not possible due to the size of the piece, please allow between 7-14 days delivery