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Price, Richard (1670-83)

Price, Richard, St Martin's Lane, London, joiner and u (1670– d.1683). Supplied considerable quantities of furniture to the royal palaces during the reign of Charles II. In 1678 appointed joiner to the Crown, but most of the furniture supplied was in the upholstery branch. His work is often described as having features that are French or Dutch and this seems to indicate that he was familiar with the styles of those two countries, which were having a profound influence on the English furniture making trades at this time. A chair supplied in 1671 was described as ‘French turned all over’. Items provided for the Queen, 1671–73 included a ‘French Beddsted’, at £2 10s, ‘Two French folding stools turned all over’ at 10s, and for Somerset House a ‘large French Beddstead’ at £3 2s 6d. Part of the same commission included sixteen ‘French stooles turned all over’ which cost 5s each. In 1676 Price was at Windsor setting up a bedstead and carving four lion feet for it, and in November 1680 he was back there again ‘mending the great winding up Chair’ and another chair in the King's Bedchamber. A chair of estate and two French tables also received his attention and he supplied two walnut forms ‘wrought wth mouldings and scrowles with great bases on the ffeet and of the dutch form’. Numerous other beds, chairs, stools, tables etc. were supplied, and furniture was produced for Hampton Court, Whitehall and other locations. Richard Price died in 1683 and his wife Elizabeth continued to provide furniture until at least 1685. A caned walnut armchair carved with crowns at Temple Newsam House, Leeds, is stamped five times with the initials ‘RP’ and may be of his workmanship. [DEF; PRO, LC3/56, LC3/61; LC9/271–77; C. Life, 10 June 1954, p. 1917; Gilbert, Leeds Furn. Cat., vol. 11, p. 72]

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