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Cooper & Holt (1862-1886)

Cooper & Holt

48-50 Bunhill Row, London; upholsterers, furniture makers (fl. 1862-86)

Primarily known as makers of furniture in Adam, Sheraton and Hepplewhite styles from 1862 onwards and recorded in the 1871 Post Office Directory as makers of billiard tables & bagatelle board manufacturers, cabinet makers and upholsterers. The firm furnished the reception rooms and reading room for the British Commissioners for the World’s Fair at Vienna in 1873. At the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition 1876, they exhibited ‘Queen Anne’ and other furniture including an aesthetic style cabinet (illus. Meyer (2006), p. 213), and also supplied ‘Sideboards, Dining and other Tables’ together with ‘Cabinets, the Carved Oak and Walnut Mantel Pieces and fittings for the Offices and Staff Quarters’ of the British Section. The firm was recorded in the Furniture Gazette Diary and Desk Book 1886 as Art Furniture Manufacturers and Merchants.

Sources: Collard, ‘The Regency Revival’, The Decorative Arts Society 1850 to the Present (1984);Donnelly, ‘British Furniture at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition, 1876’ Furniture History (2001); Meyer, Great Exhibitions. London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia. 1851-1900 (2006).