London; cabinet maker, upholder, joiner and chair maker (1793–1840).
Addresses given at 21 Gerrard St, Soho, 1794– 1808; and 31 Soho Sq., 1811–40. Subscribed to Sheraton's Drawing Book, 1793; and named in his list of master cabinet makers in his Cabinet Dictionary, 1803, to which he also subscribed. Took out a Sun Insurance policy on 27 May 1807 for £1,000, all on utensils and stock. [GL, Sun MS vol. 440, ref. 802938] Placed similar advertisements in the Times on 7 January 1801, 7 January 1804, 1 April 1805, 29 January, 28 February and 14 March 1806. His advertisement of 29 January 1806 read: ‘JOHN MARSHALL'S New Invented Patent DINING-TABLES made to any size, and far preferable to any heretofore made, which when turned up at the end or side of a room, not only take up a great space, but deform the appearance of the apartment, whereas these Tables possess every advantage without either of the foregoing inconveniences, and will, on trial, be found superior in point of utility and elegance to those now in use. Also Antique Chair-Sofas, Couches, Cabinets and Window curtains, made in a particular manner, which for elegance, are not yet equalled; and every other article in the Cabinet and Upholstery branches, from the plain and useful, to the superb and ornamental; on reasonable terms — Manufactured by John Marshall, No. 21 Gerrard-street, Soho, three doors from Princes-street, Leicester square.’ Carried out work for James Leigh of Stoneleigh, Warks. His bill dated 14 February and 11 March 1818 was for two clothes presses, one for Stoneleigh, the other for Leigh's London house in Portman Sq., and fixing them, at a total cost of £100 11s 2d. The first was described in the bill as ‘a Capital Mahogany Ladys Winged Clothes Press of fine wood the Centre fitted up in the top part with doors inclosing 5 trays of Cedar the lower part with draws the End one with Pegs for hanging dresses the other with loose shelves as pr. Order Inclosed by Pannelld doors supported on turned stump feet the top with rich moulded Mahogany Cornice and carved Scroll Piedmount top the whole finished in a Superior Style of workmanship, as pr. Agreement’, costing £46. [Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Leigh receipts, DR/18/5] John Marshall carried out much jobbing work at St James's Palace, 1837–40; and also at Buckingham Palace in September 1837, his bill totalling £192 16s 5d. His supplied striped awnings and sunshades; re-upholstered beds; provided bedsteads; deal ‘trussels for Ironing Boards’ for the Queen's Wardrobe Room; two music tables ‘with a bevil top on a frame with square legs, made portable, the whole painted over stone colour’, costing £13 9s 8d; twelve birch chairs with cane seats for £4 19s; ‘Stout Bedroom Chairs with Black frames & Rush Seats’, £7 4s; and ‘3 Pedestals made of very strong wood for supporting marble figures, finished in the best Manner, the whole grained in Sienna in a very superior style’. [Windsor Royal Archives, RA Box 1, item 2; PRO, LC 11/95 and 110] On the sale of the house and furniture of Robert Heathcote in Hill St, Berkeley Sq., held at Phillips’ on 20 March 1805 it was reported in Gents Mag. that Heathcote had paid Marshall & Co. £6,020 for furnishings, £1,500 for looking-glasses, and £482 for chandeliers. Regency oak pedestal table recorded, with circular tip-up top inlaid with geometric and cube pattern parquetry in various woods including maple, tulipwood, ash, ebony and rosewood; on foliate shaft, concave-sided triangular base and paw feet; bearing label inscribed: ‘Notice this article to be used with great care; and not exposed to too much sun, fire or damp J. Marshall Maker’. Pair of gilt-wood settees with gryphon arm supports, now owned by Brighton Pavilion, bear label which reads: ‘Marshall, Soho 24 September 1810.’ [Christie's, 12 February 1981, lot 38, illus.; 14 May 1981, lot 46; Antiques, February 1969, p. 190; also illustrated by Gilbert (1996), fig. 606]. An extending mahogany pedestal table, c. 1800, has one castor engraved ‘Marshall PATENT No 21 Gerrard Street SOHO’ (illus. Gilbert (1996), fig. 605), sold Christie’s New York, 25 Oct 1986, lot 69). An oak tip top pedestal table with parquetry top inlaid with native and exotic woods, c. 1820, bears a manuscript label ‘Notice this article to be used with great care; and not exposed to too much sun, fire or damp. J. Marshal Maker’ (illus. Gilbert (1996), fig 607, sold Christie’s, 12 Feb 1981, lot 38).
Source: DEFM; Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840 (1996).