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Hall, Joseph (1740-54)

Hall, Joseph, Hull, Yorks., cm, carpenter and joiner (1740–54). Son of Joseph Hall, joiner; admitted burgess in 1740. In 1749 his app. William Lodge appealed successfully to the Magistrates for release from his apprenticeship on grounds of ill-treatment. Polled at Hull in 1754. Trade card, c.1745–55, shows an early-Georgian pedimented mirror, kneehole desk with dressing glass, two tripod tables, one bearing a kettle, a side table with elaborate cabriole leg and festoons, an unusual chest of drawers topped by a bookcase (?), and a Classical pavilion with columns showing stock inside: a coffee grinder, cruet, saucepan and violin. Card reads: ‘Joseph Hall, Blackfrier Gate, Hull. Makes & Sells all Sort of Cabinett Work; Viz. Chest of Drawers of all Sorts, Desks, and Bookcases, Bueros, Desks, Card Dining Breakfast & Dressing Tables (in Mahogany, Walnut tree & Wainscott). Chairs of all sorts, Settee, Buero & Standing Bedsteads, Sconces, peir, Chimney and Dressing Glasses, Tea Chests, Tea Boards, China Trayes, Fire Screens, Dumb Waiters, Picture Frames Stained Carved & Gilt &c. Likewise all Sorts of Carpenters and Joiner's Work Performed all at very Reasonable Rates.’ [Heal Coll., BM; Antique Collector, March-April 1946, p. 59, and March 1966; C. Life, 3 October 1974; Furniture Made in Yorkshire, Temple Newsam Exhib. Cat., p. iv]

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