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Rare 1954-1959 Howard & Son's Lenygon & Morant Armchair Original Ticking Fabric



We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely original 1954-1959 Howard & Son’s armchair retailed through Lenygon & Morant LTD 48 South Audley St London W1 A very good looking well made and decorative armchair, it has the original label to the base, the Howard & Son’s period ticking fabric which is exceptionally rare, the original seat and back cushion padding which is light and fluffy, you simply sink into it. Simply put Howard & Son’s were known for making the most comfortable chairs in the world, hence why they have had a cult following since the Victorian era, our current queen H.R.H Queen Elizabeth II has a large private collection I’ll include a brief history of the company below to help you understand the company’s history and achievements The chair has been professionally upholstery cleaned, there are some wear areas to the fabric, most notably on the back and one side, really the fact that this is original upholstery and all the main areas are undamaged, perfectly stable and useable makes this chair and exceptionally rare winner Dimensions: Height 84cm Width 78cm Depth 92cm Seat height 55cm Please note all measurements are taken at the widest point In 1820 John Howard started trading at 24 Lemon St, London, as a ‘Cabinet Manufacturer’. He was to stay there for nine years until he moved premises to 27 Great Alie St. and then later in 1832 he was to move the small distance to 34 Great Alie St where he would stay and open an upholstery workshop/showroom at 36 Red lion St until 1845 (the Red Lion premises were only used for one year). It wasn’t until 1848 after a short period of non-trading that the company was to take on part of the address more familiar with the company. In 1848 John Howard and Sons started trading at 22 Berners St as ‘Cabinet Maker, Upholsterer and Decorator’. In 1853 John Howard expanded the business into 26 Berners St.From 1861-89 and 1865-68 there were workshops at Tottenham St, Charlotte Mews and Fitzroy Sq respectively. After Crystal Palace 1862 saw the first big break for the company when they won a prize at only the second Exhibition they attended, the prize was for suite of library furniture, of which fig 1 forms a part. In 1865 the young George Howard patented a method for veneering walls with a wooden veneer, instead of wall paper or paint, This was to evolve into flooring which prompted George to take out a patent in 1867 on the improved production of parquet flooring. From 1865 Howard and Sons were listed as ‘Upholsterers, Cabinet Makers and Parquet Flooring Manufacturers by Steam Power’. A further four patents were subsequently taken out on the manufacture and fixing of parquetry to floors and ceilings in November 1879, July 1880 and July and December 1883. In 1866 George Howard Patented something that would secure his family’s company a place in history, he patented the ‘Elastic Seat’. His patent totally re-designed the inside workings of traditional upholstery, creating the superior seat, is what they are now widely known only for. 1872 saw the company’s most significant move when they settled at the address 25, 26 and 27 Berners St, this was only after they consolidated their workshops in 1869 to the Cleveland Works in Cleveland St. These addresses were to remain unchanged until 1935. Howard and sons were to exhibit and win prizes from this address at the 1878 International Exhibition, the 1894 Antwerp Exhibition and win 1 silver and 2 gold medals at the 1900 Paris Exhibition.Howard and Sons became a limited company in 1899, and advertised in 1920 as manufacturers of ‘Parquet Floors by Electric Power’, and were awarded the first of their royal warrants in 1901. In 1935 Howard and Sons traded from 31 Old Burlington St where they produced mainly upholstered furniture and then ceased trading in 1947. This was the end of the cabinet making side of the firm under the name ‘Howard’, as after seven years of silence in 1954 the well established house decorators Lenygon and Morant Ltd advertised as being ‘Makers of Howard Chairs and Sofas’ from their address at 48 South Audley St, this lasted until 1959 when the name was once again silent. Chairs that follow George Howard’s patent are today available at 30 Lyme St from ‘Howard Chairs Ltd’. Howard and Sons would make identification easier by marking their work. Cabinet work would either have paper labels, stamps on later pieces Ivorine labels. Upholstered furniture would have either a name and/or number stamp on the inside of the back foot, a paper label on the hessian or a name stamp on the castor cup or wheel. The content i.e. address on the stamp varies depending on the date of the piece.


  • Creator
    Howard and Sons (Maker),Howard Chairs Ltd. (Cabinetmaker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 33.08 in. (84 cm)Width: 30.71 in. (78 cm)Depth: 36.23 in. (92 cm)Seat Height: 21.66 in. (55 cm)
  • Style
    Victorian (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor structural damages. Minor fading.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2823321302952

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