London; upholder, appraiser and undertaker (fl. 1760– c.1780)
In 1760 a person with this surname, probably William Shreeve, was at the sign of ‘The Cabinet’, Within Smithfield Bars. Otherwise he is known only from his trade card, c.1780, which gives an address ‘Three doors from Ludgate Hill in the Old Bailey’.
Trade card of William Shreeve, c. 1780 Heal,125.103]. © The Trustees of the British Museum
He made and sold ‘all Sorts of Cabinets, Glasses and Chairs’ and claimed to be ‘The only Inventor and Maker of Venetian Curtains to Common Windows, to hang in the same form as ye Right Venetian Curtains’. A mahogany kneehole desk of the third quarter of the 18th century, the front carved with blind fret in the Gothic taste, is known with this maker's trade label affixed (illus. Kirkham, FurnitureHistory (1988), fig.25 and Gilbert (1996), figs 834-835).
Source: DEFM; Kirkham, ‘The London Furniture Trade 1700-1870’, FurnitureHistory (1988); Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840 (1996).