Heals of London was established in 1810 by bedding manufacture John Harris Heal, in Tottenham Court Road but Heals furniture was more well known in the antiques trade by his Grandson, Ambrose Heal who was well known for his superb Arts & Crafts designs and innovation. In 1833 John Harris Heal passed away and in 1840 John Harris Heal Junior took over the firm. He started to move from its original focus on beds to include a whole range of bedroom furniture, from linen presses to chest of drawers. These pieces would be constructed mainly in the finest quality mahogany timbers and be simple in design but usually with rounded corners. See the example of the Victorian mahogany linen press and the Victorian mahogany chest of drawers we have previously had in stock.
In 1893 Ambrose Heal joined the firm and this is when the company started to flourish. He introduced new more modern arts and crafts designs and then kept up with the trends such as art deco. His first catalogue was published in 1898 which was the start of the well know heal style of furniture. He ran the firm very successfully over the next 60 years, when he finally retired in 1953. In 1983 the company was sold to Terence Conran’s Storehouse Company for £4.8 million. The company was subject to a management buyout in 1990 and this is the stores you see today as Heals.
Some examples of later Heals pieces include our Pair of Arts And crafts Antique Heals Solid Oak Beds
And Art Deco Oak chest of Drawers in a simple design but very stylish for the modern home.
If you are interested in purchasing antique furniture and have a particular interest in Heals pieces, have a browse through our large inventory of antique furniture for sale.