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Price, John (1726-58)

Price, John, ‘The Three Chairs & Cabinet’, Catherine St, Strand, London, u, undertaker and appraiser (1726–58). Son of Petley Price of Wantage, Berks., Gent. App. to Thomas Money on 7 December 1726 and free of the Upholders’ Co. by servitude, 3 March 1735/36. His trade card [Heal Coll., BM and Gardener Coll., Westminster Ref. Lib.] indicates that he made and sold a wide range of upholstery and cabinet goods. These included ‘All Sorts of Standing Beds, Feather Beds Mattresses Quilts Blankets Ruggs, Coverlids, Bed Ticks, Goods by the piece, viz. Silk & Worstead Damasks, Camblers Harrateens Chenys, Printed Stuffs and all Sorts of Silk & Worstead Lace Carpets, Tapestry Hangings, Chairs, Cabbinets, Desks, Book-cases, Chests of Drawers, Tea Chests. Mahogany and other Tables Peir and Chimney Glasses Large Gold and other Sconces with all sorts of goods necessary for Funerals’. John Price is recorded as a supplier of cushions, carpets and curtains for the House of Peers and the House of Commons and their Committee Rooms 1754–55. He was responsible for the supply of furniture to Lord Monson 1748–58. The first payment recorded was in February 1748 for £25 but from 1751 the sums were much more substantial. For making chairs, tables, stands and repairs and other work at Burton Hall, Lincoln, 1753–54, £413 8s 4d was charged; and £150 8s 4d was paid in 1751–53 for new furniture and repairs at Broxbournebury. The more substantial items included eight mahogany elbow chairs in June 1752 at £16 16s, twelve mahogany chairs in April 1753 at £18, a walnut sofa frame in March 1754 at £5 12s 5½d and a mahogany one in July at £6 10s. The most expensive item was, however, a ‘very large … Chinese carved and painted frame’ for which £23 was paid. The account for £413 8s 4d submitted in 1755 was not fully settled until February 1758. The Strathmore MS [Durham RO] indicates that George Bowes hired a furnished house from John Price, 1755–56. [GL, Upholders’ Co. records; PRO, LC9/291; Lincoln RO, Monson 10/3/13a, 10/3/13b, 11/50, 12; Durham RO, D/St/ 325]

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