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Potts, John (1761-1800)

Potts, John, Toddington, Beds. and London, upholder (1761–d.1800). In the 1760s and early 1770s appears to have traded from Toddington, Beds. He undertook the repair of furniture, the renewal of upholstery and the provision of wallpaper and curtains for Woburn Abbey, Beds. and also the parish church in Woburn. A four post painted beech bedstead was provided in 1763; and in August 1768 two wainscot chests of drawers, three wainscot dressing tables and one in mahogany were provided for Elizabeth, Marchioness of Tavistock for Houghton House, Beds. On the death of Francis, Marquis of Tavistock in March 1767, Potts was owed money and £4 10s was paid on 25 March of that year on this account. Potts was, however, more than merely a rural craftsman and for a time maintained a business in London at ‘The Black Spread Eagle’, Covent Gdn. His trade card from this address [Heal Coll., BM] has its text framed by a fashionable Rococo surround, and engravings of a cabinet, chair, a bed post and tea chest. This states that he also sold paper hangings and cabinet furniture and acted as an appraiser and undertaker. He died at Toddington in May 1800, but his address was listed as King St, Covent Gdn. [Heal; Cambridge Chronicle, 25 September 1773; Bedford Office, London; Gents Mag, May 1800]

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