19th Century Oak Huntsmen's Bar by Holland & Sons

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Material Oak
Style Victorian
Room Living Room
Period Early 19th Century
Dimensions Width: 9ft, height: 104", depth (back counter) 24", depth (front counter) 33.5"
Product Code ‌0132-00133


For sale is a superb quality 9ft Huntsmen's front and back home bar. The bar has been fully restored in our workshops and we believe it to be dated at circa 1840 as it is stamped "Holland and Sons" which were renowned cabinet makers in the 19th century (see history below). The top of the bar has a carved pediment with four finials. The centre of the pediment is decorated with an intricately carved wheatsheaf and an anglo-French text which reads "shame on he who thinks badly of it" in reference to it being a Huntsmen's bar. The bottom of the pediment has two pieces of stained glass which can have a light placed above them to show the colours on the bar. Below the top there is a large engraved mirror in the centre with one smaller one on either side. The pediment is supported by four elaborately carved columns each with various rams heads and eagles, as well as floral carvings. Below this is the back bar surface which has ample room for drinks etc. Underneath this is the shelf section at the back which has plenty of storage space. The front of the bar has a large top surface with "egg and dart" moulding around the edge. The top of the front bar has an elaborately carved frieze. Below this is the central carved panel which is flanked by ornate carvings on either end. One side shows a duck and a game bird as well as a Huntsmen’s purse and the other shows an ornately carved rabbit with various acorn leaves and a rifle (see pictures for more detail). Measures: Width: 9ft, height: 104", depth (back counter) 24", depth (front counter) 33.5". Please note: The overall depth is variable. This truly is a superb piece of which you will never find another. All of the carvings are very intricate and detailed and all add to the magnificence of the item. It is ideal for a hotel or restaurant, hunting lodge, or a large games room/drinks room. The bar breaks down into multiple pieces for ease of transport. Holland and Sons. Originally founded in 1803 by Stephen Taprell and William Holland, a relation of the architect Henry Holland, the firm of Holland & Sons soon became one of the largest and most successful furniture making companies in the 19th century. The firm worked extensively for the Royal Family, being granted the Royal Warrant early in the reign of Queen Victoria, hence taking a leading part in the decoration and furnishing of Osborne House, Sandringham, Balmoral, Windsor Castle and the apartments of the Prince and Princess of Wales at Marlborough House. Holland and Sons also worked extensively for the British Government, for whom they executed over three hundred separate commissions, including the Palace of Westminster, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and oversaw the State funeral of the Duke of Wellington. Among their private commissions the firm produced a celebrated suite of bedroom furniture for the late Sir Harold Wernher at Luton Hoo.

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