26 Gracechurch St or 5 Clements Lane, Lombard St, London; upholder and cabinet maker (fl.1770–88)
Son of Benjamin Soundy of Virginia St, Wapping, Gent. Benjamin Soundy jnr was free of the Upholders’ Co. under the terms of the 1750 Upholders’ Act, 5 December 1770. His app., Joseph Saunders was free in 1772 and he also took as apps Sterry Marks, 1774–79 and Anthony Batger, 1775–81. His address is variously given as 26 Gracechurch St or 5 Clements Lane, possibly alternative addresses for the same premises. His trade label has been found on the frame of an embroidery completed in 1772. This states that he made and sold ‘all sorts of Upholsterers & Cabinet Makers Work in the neatest manner, Vist Bedsteads & Furniture with Windw. Curtains in Damasks, Harrateens, Cheneys, Cottons & Checks; Goose & other feather Beds; Quilts, Blankets, Counterpanes Coverlids & Bed Tickings. Easy Chairs. Wilton, Turkey & other Carpets; Mahogany & Wallnuttree Chairs, Lookg Glasses In Carv'd Gilt & Painted Frames Dressg Glasses in Mahogany or Wallnuttree Frames; Mahogy or Wallnute Book Cases, Chests of Drawers, Writing Tables, Cloaths Presses, Buroes & Tables of all Sorts. Tea Chests, Teaboards, Brackets &c. Spring & all other Window Blinds. NB. Carving & Gilding in the Newst Taste’ (illus. Gilbert (1996), fig. 873). In 1782 took out insurance cover of £600 which included £250 for utensils and stock. [GL, Upholders’ Co. records; Sun MS vol. 306, p. 231; V&A Lib., T63–1935].
Source: DEFM; Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840 (1996).