‘The Carved Angel’, Aldermanbury, London; cabinet maker (fl.1692–1706)
In 1692 was churchwarden of St Mary's Church, Aldermanbury. Ceased trading in 1706 when he advertised that his stock ‘may be bought of Cabinet Work & Glasses; the House being let to another trade & must be cleared of all the goods in as little time as possible can be. Monday 27th August the sale will begin’. Trade label depicting his shop sign and announcing that ‘Fashionable Household Goods at Reasonable rates’ were made by him has been found pasted to a number of items of late 17th-and early 18th-century furniture.
Trade label of Hugh Granger at the ‘Carved Angell’ in Aldermanbury, c.1692 [Heal,28.80].© The Trustees of the British Museum
Two chests of drawers lavishly decorated with panels of floral marquetry, two chests of drawers with olive wood parquetry, a walnut secretaire cabinet with fall front, a bureau cabinet, the doors fronted with looking-glass and the interior decorated with raised gilt scenes on a red japanned ground, a walnut writing table and a walnut bureau are amongst items so marked. [Heal; Daily Courant, 24 August 1706; V&A archives; Sotheby's, 15 June 1951, 6 May 1955, 5 October 1973; Wills, English Furniture 1550–1760, p. 190; Gilbert (1996), figs 418-423].
Source: DEFM; Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840 (1996).