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Cleare, Thomas (1724)

Cleare, Thomas, ‘The Indian Chair’, south side of St Paul's Churchyard, London, cm (1724). His trade label has been recorded on a walnut kneehole writing desk sold at Sotheby's on 26 March 1976, lot 47. The label illustrates an early Georgian chair, with central shaped splat, framed by an ornate carved mirror. The text states that he ‘makes and sells all Sorts of Cabinet Work and Looking Glasses, as Sconces, and Corner Cupboards. Likewise Blinds for Windows of all Sorts, painted on Wier or Canvass and all Sorts of Chairs of the newest and best Fashion, Wholesale or Retail and Reasonable Prices’. He is probably the same person as the Thomas Cleare of the parish of St Giles-in-the-Fields who declared his trade as ‘joyner’ and on 17 March 1724 insured a house on the north side of Holborn, in the parish of St Giles for £150. [GL, Hand in Hand MS vol. 28, ref. 8674]

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