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Tait(t), Richard (1786-1827)

Tait(t), Richard, 92 Jermyn St, London, upholder, cm and undertaker (1786–1827). Recorded at no. 93, 1786–87. Took out Sun Insurance policies on 28 January 1786 for £1,000 including £650 on utensils etc.; on 10 February 1787 for £2,300 on household goods, utensils and stock in workshop; and on 23 April 1810 for £3,000 on stock, utensils and goods in trust in his house, warehouse and workshops, all adjoining. [D; GL, Sun MS vol. 335, p. 354; vol. 342, ref. 527536; vol. 453, ref. 844639] Named in Sheraton's list of master cabinet makers, 1803. In the first half of 1791 Taitt supplied items to Gertrude, Dowager Duchess of Bedford, probably for her house at 112 Pall Mall. He charged £2 8s for four ‘horse’ bedsteads with sacking bottoms, and £1 18s for ‘a black dy'd rush bottom cottage armchair with a footboard & 2 poles with strong iron staples’. [Bedford Office, London] In 1793 he provided curtains for John Pinney of Bristol, at a cost of £43 4s. [Bristol Univ. Lib., J. Pinney's private cash bk] Named in the Royal Household Accounts in 1794 supplying a wardrobe, carpets, upholstery, curtains and pier tables for Prince Edward's apartments at St James's Palace; and in 1810, a bedstead, carpets, fabrics and a dressing glass for Col. Taylor and Mr Nicholls's rooms at Buckingham House. [PRO, LC11/4, 7–11; GCM; Fastnedge, Sheraton Furniture] See John Gordon & John and Richard Taitt.

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