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Bradburn(e), John (1750–d. 1781)

Bradburne held the Royal Warrant of ‘Upholsterer to his Majesty and Cabinet-Maker to the Great Wardrobe’ and was responsible for supplying considerable quantities of furniture and furnishings to the Royal Household between 1764 and 1777. His…

Gordon, John and Taitt, John and Richard (1748–96)

Although the firm of John Gordon and John Taitt received a number of important commissions in the 1770s, relatively little is known about the two partners’ early careers. The origins of John Gordon have yet to be discovered, but from his will…

Gumley, Elizabeth (1674–d. 1751)

; Gumley, John, cm and manufacturer of plate- and looking-glass (1691–1727). There is no lack of references in the press to the Gumley family from 1694 onwards, but many are contradictory and make it difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. In the…

Jensen, Gerrit (1680–d. 1715)

Gerrit Jensen, whose name occurs in the Lord Chamberlain's accounts spelt in fourteen different ways (sometimes anglicized as plain Garrard Johnson), has been called ‘the English Boulle’. The leading London cm in the reigns of William and Mary and Queen…

Pardoe, John (1717–48)

His trade card of c. 1720 indicates that he was originally established ‘against St. Clements Church’ but had recently moved to ‘The Cabinet & Chair’, next Temple Bar, Strand. He made and sold ‘all sorts of Looking Glasses,…

Reed, John (1773–87)

Recorded at Silver St, 1776–78 and Pilgrim St in 1782. Advertised in Newcastle Courant, 19 June 1773 that he, ‘having begun the business of grinding, polishing & silvering plate glass, proposes to serve his friends … with the produce of the new Plate…

Reynoldson, George (1695–d.1764)

George Reynoldson was one of the most eminent u and cm in York during the 18th century. He was a Catholic and this largely dictated both the path his life followed and, to an extent, the commissions he was given. He had a business in Stonegate and a…

Webster, Edward (c. 1730)

Known from a label affixed to a mirror of the William and Mary period. This indicates that he made and sold ‘tables, chest of drawers, and buroes, desk-book-cases, chairs, settees, or…

Williams, Nicholas (1716)

In May 1716 he offered for sale ‘all sorts of Chests of Drawers, Hanging Presses, Clock cases, Cabinets, Scrutores, Commode Tables, Desks, Book cases and Looking glasses of the newest…