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Belchier, John (1717–d. 1753)

A craftsman whose surname might suggest a Huguenot origin. The earliest references to a John ‘Belcher’ are to be found in the accounts of Boughton House, Northants. Between 1687 and 1710 amounts totalling £3,880 are recorded for glass, solder, piping,…

Bennet(t), Samuel (c. 1695–d. 1741)

The name of this accomplished craftsman and the words ‘LONDON FECIT’ are found inlaid on two high-quality bureau-bookcases, on the pilasters framing the doors (Fig. 5). One of these, formerly in the…

Channon, John (b. 1711–d. c. 1783)

In the 18th century there were many Channons living in Exeter and Tiverton, and it is not always possible to establish their precise relationship to each other. However, it is likely that John was the younger brother of Otho, an Exeter chair…

Cooke, John (1765–89)

Free 18 February 1765 after serving as app. under Philip Prestbury of Chester, cm. By 1771 had set up in business in Eastgate St. Took apps named John Formstone and Thomas Latchford (free 1784) and James Gardner (free 1790); also Edward Williams from 1775…

Coxed, John and G., and Woster, Thomas

The White Swan’, St Paul's Churchyard, London, (1700–36). A number of desks, bureaux, bureaucabinets, secretairecabinets and chests of drawers dating from the…

Custance, William (1794)

Bankruptcy announced in 1774, and from 6 October of that year his stock was sold by auction. It consisted of ‘several very handsome mahogany double and single chests of drawers, two mahogany bureaus, wardrobes, several mahogany…

Fish, Peter (1744–d. 1788)

Two walnut bureaux bear an inscription by Peter Fish. The earliest is veneered in walnut with two small and two long drawers and is decorated with two rows of chevron banding and crossbanding. The interior is fitted with…

Gillow (c. 1730–after 1840)

The name ‘Gillow’ has been firmly associated with furniture making from at least the 1730s until the present day, though the active participation of the Gillow family ceased in the early 19th century. The firm was based in Lancaster though a full London…

Mayhew, John and Ince, William (1736–d. 1811)

and Ince, William (d. 1804), London, cm. The partnership of John Mayhew and William Ince (1758/59–1804) was one of the most significant, probably the…

Orme, Thomas (d. by 1753)

On 13 February 1753 the sale of his stock in trade and utensils was advertised following his death. On offer at the auction were bookcases, bureaus, tables and chairs ‘amongst which are several curious pieces made by…