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Barker, William (1813)

He altered and reupholstered six late 17th-century armchairs at Ham House, inscribing a new wooden member: ‘this Chair was restufft at Kingston, but covered at the Time the Bed was done. April 13th 1813…

Baudvine (or Baudovin) (1683–84)

Recorded in the Royal Household accounts supplying ‘a bed … 6 curtains, 3 cantoons, 3 bases, 1 coronidem, 2 cases for columns of the tester, 2 head panels, coverlet, 4 interior cantroons, 4 cups, 2 armchair…

Bell, — (c. 1750–75)

Mahogany Master's armchair with full padded back, surmounted by shield with bacchus head, scrolled arms, and cabriole leg with scroll foot recorded from Vintners’ Hall, London. [V & A archives]

Beville, Francis (1813–39)

Four late 17th-century armchairs and three reproductions at Ham House were covered in blue and gold velvet by Beville whose label, inscribed ‘Francis Beville June 8th 1813’, was discovered tucked into the webbing of…

Bissoll, — (17th century)

Wing armchair recorded bearing label. [Apollo, June 1975, p. 110]

Bonynge, — (1795)

Two of a set of six painted beechwood armchairs signed ‘BONYNGE UPHOLDER 1795’, exhibited by D. Drey, Antique Fair, Grosvenor House, 7–22 June 1962. [Conn., June 1962, p. 126] Inscription is similar in date and character…

Boulnois, John (c. 1830–39)

Address in directories, 1837–39, and on labels found on set of fourteen William IV mahogany dining chairs and armchair, with curved top rails, rectangular backs, seats covered in buttoned scarlet leather on reeded…

Bransby, Robert (1668–74)

One of the agents in Britain for the tapestry firm of Michiel and Philip Wauters, Antwerp. He is mentioned in a letter of 17 March 1668 from the Earl of Lauderdale to the Privy Council of Scotland concerning a set of tapestries, ‘The Story of…

Bridgman, Thomas (1768)

In March 1768 he was paid £80 by the 4th Duke of Bedford for chintz furniture for a bedchamber at Woburn Abbey, Beds., consisting of a bed, four window curtains, twelve chairs with backs and two armchairs…

Brookshaw, George

‘Peintre-Ebéniste par Extraordinaire’ (1783–86). Employed at Carlton House, 1783–86, when his bill totalling £55 15s 6d was examined by Henry Holland. This sum included £50 for supplying the Prince of Wales in 1783 with ‘an elegant commode…