R. W. Symonds and B. B. Whineray, “Victorian Furniture”, 1962, p. 154, pl. 210, illustrating a drawing room cabinet of 1868 by Holland and Sons featuring comparable floral marquetry and likewise enriched by ormulu mounts.
A magnificent Victorian walnut and ormolu mounted credenza or side cabinet, attributed to Holland and Sons. The beautiful piece enriched with many additional woods including boxwood, rosewood, hare-wood and satinwood for the marquetry and parquetry decoration. Of breakfront andbowed outline, the top with parquetry lozenge inlay and frieze with foliate scroll inlay, enclosed by a pair of re-entrant panel doors with lambrequin colonade and vases of flowers and birds below, flanked by lozenge guilloche decorated ormulu mounts, with tumbling putti and laurel garlands, between pierced galleried mirror-back bowed open compartmentswith trailing ornament on a plinth base
London, date circa 1870
Height 104 cm, depth 44 cm, width 220 cm.
The extreme fine quality of the veneer decoration on this credenza compares closely with work produced by the eminent Victorian cabinet-makers, Holland and Son. They, like Jackson and Graham, met as well as led the fashion for floral marquetry during the High Victorian era. As here, the majority of marquetry was in the form of veneer of Colonial woods.