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Bott, Thomas (1816-39)

Bott, Thomas, London, cm and u (1816–39). Addresses given at 10–11 Gt Portland St, Oxford St 1816–31, and 28 Margaret St, 1832–39. [D] Supplied furniture to Streatlam Castle, Co. Durham, receipts for which are dated July 1829 and January 1830. An estimate of 10 July 1829, totalling £67 4s, refers to ‘A French Bedstead with Solid Ends & Sweep etc. Sideboards neatly Japaned in colors of chintz hangings … Handsome chintz hangings for ditto lined thro’ blue & white stripe — Teaster cloth & full valence finished twine fringes bound silk lace …’. [Durham RO, Strathmore MS D/St/64] Received substantial commission from John Arkwright of Hampton Court, Leominster, Herefs., being paid a total of £230 10s 6d in May 1830. His bill covers extensive redecoration, including the repair of furniture, supplying of new furniture, curtain and roller-blind making, and paper hanging, prior to rebuilding of Hampton Court, 1834–42. Bott sent Arkwright another bill on 6 November 1834 for items supplied in 1832, including principally eight mahogany dining room chairs covered in red Morocco leather and costing £23 4s. An accompanying letter asks for payment of outstanding amount as he has ‘experienced several disappointments latterly’. [Herefs. RO, Arkwright papers, A63/161] Account dated 9 October 1830 lists furniture made for Thomas Vernon of Hanbury Hall, near Droitwich, Worcs. His bill, totalling £137 18s 6d, describes a handsome suite of furniture in rosewood, including 12 chairs costing £39 12s, a sofa £22 10s, and two elbow chairs, £10 each, all being ‘stuffed and covered purple morocco finish gold colour silk netted Buttons and gimp’, an occasional table, and a circular table ‘on Neat Turned and carved Pillars triangular block feet and castors.’ Vernon also commissioned Bott for a suite of mahogany bedroom furniture, including a carved four-post bedstead with cornices, bedding and chintz hangings, washstand, dressing table and two wardrobes. His bill, totalling £208 6s 4d, was paid on 5 April 1831, and also listed a rosewood tea poy and Davenport desk, and making window curtains. [Worcs. RO, Vernon papers, 7335/705:7/8ii 39–40; 77v 30 and 45] Worked for the Lucy family at Charlecote Park, Warks., submitting a bill on 8 December 1837 totalling £158 13s 6d for twenty-two antique oak dining chairs and two matching elbow chairs with turned supports and upholstered in Genoa velvet. [Nat. Trust guide to Charlecote Park, p. 27; Joy, English Furniture, 1800–1851, p. 121] Presumably Thomas Bolt.

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