Town & Emanuel

103 New Bond St, London, ‘; Manufacturers of Buhl Marquetrie
Resner & Carved Furniture’ (1830–40). Circular occasional table with porcelain bowl inset in the top, from the Duke of Buccleuch's collection, is noted in the V & A archives as having been sold by Christie's in 1948, bears label dated 183–, and stating: ‘… Town & Emanuel. Manufacturers of Buhl Marquetrie, Resner & Carved Furniture, Tripods, Screens &c. of the finest & most superb designs of the times of Louis 14th. Splendid Cabinets & Tables inlaid with fine Sèvre & Dresden China &c. Old Paintings & Bronzes, Carvings, Oriental & other China, Jewellery & Curiosities Bought & Exchanged. Buhl & Antique Furniture Repaired. By Appointment to Her Majesty’. Label also recorded on Buhl monopodium games table; and on a small kingwood and tulipwood ‘bureau plat’ of Louis XV style, with serpentine top inset with red leather panel, frieze with three drawers, chamfered cabriole legs, ormolu handles and mounts. Label bears the Arms of Queen Adelaide. [E. T. Joy, English Furniture, 1800–1850; V&A archives; Sotheby's, 23 July 1948, lot 142] In June 1830 Town & Emanuel provided 3rd Lord Braybrooke with a looking-glass costing £8 5s for Audley End, Essex, Billingbear, Berks., or his London house. [Essex RO, D/DBy/A362] In 1838 supplied ‘new furniture’ for Stafford House, London, at a cost of £12 12s. [Stafford RO, D593/R/1/26/8] In 1839–40 the firm was listed in directories at Town & Co., ‘dealers in & Manufacturers of antique furniture, curiosities, & pictures.’