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Farmborough (Farnborough or Farnbrough), William (1672-1700)

Farmborough (Farnborough or Farnbrough), William, at ‘Ye Looking Glass’ on Cornhill, London, cm, glassman and inlayer (1672–1700). One of the foremost Royal tradesmen in the late 17th century, he is named in the Royal Household accounts betwen 1672–1700. He worked with John Burrough(s) in 1677, providing two large looking-glasses, tables and stands ‘flowered carved & gilded’, to Windsor Castle; and a looking-glass for the lodge at Richmond. For Charles Il's new lodgings at Whitehall, late in the King's reign, Farnborough provided a looking-glass, dressing table and candle stands of prince's wood, costing a total of £22. On 2 October 1689 he supplied for Kensington Palace ‘a large looking glasse, table & stands fine inlaid’, costing £19. He continued to receive Royal patronage on the accession of William and Mary, in 1692 supplying the Queen with ‘two corner cabonetts of Japan and carved frames.’ Farnborough also supplied looking-glasses, tables and stands for the Houses of Parliament and the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, those for the latter costing £39 10s. He also worked for William, 5th Earl of Bedford, receiving £11 5s in March 1682 for two looking-glasses, tables and stands; and in December he provided ‘a large looking-glass, table and stands walnut tree … for my lady’, £7 5s, presumably Anne, Countess of Bedford. [PRO, LC9/273, 275–77, 279–80; LC11/5; Lord Chamberlain's Office, 5/41; DEF; Heal; Wills, LookingGlasses, p. 151; Fastnedge, English Furniture Styles, p. 298; Harris & Sons, Old English Furniture, p. 12; V & A archives; C. Life, 13 March 1926; Wren Soc., vol. XIX, p. 85; Bedford Office, London]

The original entry from Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840 can be found at British History Online.