Lambs of Manchester were a renowned cabinet making firm, founded by James Lamb. He was a Manchester cabinetmaker who started in the mid Victorian era. James Lamb was born in 1816, he joined the family business and turned it into a high class interior design, decorating and furnishing firm. The firm had a cabinet making workshop in Castleford and their main gallery in John Dalton Street, Manchester, with vast furniture showrooms over three floors showing their quality pieces for sale.
Lambs of Manchester was to go onto international success winning medals at the London 1862 Exhibition and the Paris 1867 Exhibition.
James Lamb died in 1903, his obituary appeared in The Journal of Decorative Art and British Decorators where it stated that:
His name was a synonym for the best in everything that he did from 1850 – 1885, and he towered over everybody in Lancashire and Yorkshire as maker of high class furniture. His name for 50years stood as a landmark for all that was best in both spheres of industrial art.
Lambs of Manchester employed famous designers of the calibre of Charles Bevan, Bruce Talbert and W.J Estall and were especially well known for their Arts & Crafts furniture.
You know you are buying quality, when you buy antique furniture by the furniture makers Lambs of Manchester.
Here at Driscolls Antiques, on Antiques World we have had many pieces by Lambs and some examples are below.
This Sensational 19th Century Burr Pollard Oak Victorian Antique Chest of Drawers is by the renowned makers Lambs of Manchester and dates from ca. 1880 and has unusual Arts & Crafts decorative beadings. It came with a letter from the V&A Museum.
This unusual Lambs Of Manchester Figured Pollard Oak Antique Victorian Writing Table, has a burgundy leather writing insert and stationary compartment.
This Spectacular Lambs Of Manchester Burr Walnut Antique Credenza has ebonized edges, stunning inlay and ornamental decoration.
This Spectacular 19th century Lambs Figured Burr Walnut Antique Victorian Cabinet dates from around 1860, with elegant turned reeded columns.
Constructed by the Renowned Cabinet Makers Lamb of Manchester, This Quality Pedestal desk dates from around 1870. It has a beautifully figured moulded top above a central drawer over knee hole. Each pedestal has a mahogany lined drawer above two cupboard doors.
Stamped by Lamb, This quality writing table has four beautifully turned legs with unusual double turned cross stretchers.
These Fabulous Quality Victorian Solid Walnut Antique Pair Of Lambs Office Chairs have curved scrolled arms and beautifully turned upright supports. They have been marvellously upholstered in a burgundy leather with studded trim. Due to this unique design these chairs are incredibly comfortable.